Social media use and screen time can lead to an increase in depression and anxiety among teens and adolescents, a new study finds. According to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, researchers observed more than 3, seventh to 10th graders in the greater Montreal area over a period of four years. Researchers measured how much time students spent in front of social media, television and computers. The data revealed the more time kids spent engrossed in digital screens, their symptoms of anxiety and depression became more severe. When watching TV, kids often consume idealized lives that are different from their own experiences, she says. But social media is unique because adolescents are seeing pictures, videos and status updates from their own network of friends and peers. Most adults experienced their childhood and teenage years without social media. But digital technology is more accessible than ever, and adolescents tend to spend a good chunk of their day using it — teens average around seven hours per day on social media, while tweens clock in around five hours per day. In , roughly half of U. This consistent use can blur the lines of reality for adolescents whose brains are still developing, Conrod says.
Adolescent pregnancies are a global problem but occur most often in poorer and marginalised communities. Many girls face considerable pressure to marry early and become mothers while they are still a child. Teenage pregnancy increases when girls are denied the right to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and well-being. Girls must be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and futures and have access to appropriate healthcare services and education. Girls who have received minimal education are 5 times more likely to become a mother than those with higher levels of education. Pregnant girls often drop out of school, limiting opportunities for future employment and perpetuating the cycle of poverty. In many cases, girls perceive pregnancy to be a better option than continuing their education. In addition, the unique risks faced by girls during emergencies increase the chances of them becoming pregnant. Factors include the desire to compensate for the loss of a child, reduced access to information and contraception and increased sexual violence. A new smartphone app is helping combat teenage pregnancy in Timor Leste by providing teenagers with sexual and reproductive health information.
Lulu Garcia-Navarro. Researchers found a sudden increase in teens' symptoms of depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates in — around the time when smartphones became popular, researcher Jean Twenge says. A new study found that teenagers are increasingly depressed, feel hopeless and are more likely to consider suicide. Researchers found a sudden increase in teens' symptoms of depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates in — around the time when smartphones became popular, says Jean Twenge, one of the authors of the study.
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