A new study finds certain kinds of screen time increases the risk of depression in teens. The study looked at over 4,000 teens and found those who spent long hours on social media and watching TV were more likely to be depressed.
Screen Time is a term often used in today’s world. A new study that looked at over 4,000 teens suggests that all screen time doesn’t have the same effects.
- The time spent on social media platforms is directly linked to the risk of depression.
- Time spent playing video games is not linked to increased risk of depression.
- The study collected data on 4000 teens for an average of four years.
- This study has a big sample size and the time period make it a usable form of experiment and literature.
- Screen time was divided into four categories – Television, Social Media, Video Games and other activities on a computer.
- The use of social media is often thought to have an effect on teens and adults alike.
- Research published in December 2018 suggests that limiting the use of social media is helpful in reducing depression.
- The association between social platforms and depression has been found in other studies as well but the reason why is not completely clear yet.