Social media linked to depression in teenagers


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A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday connected social networks with depression in adolescents and not with video games.

Lead researcher Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal and her colleague, Elroy Boersn, examined the correlation between depression in adolescents and various types of time in front of the screen. They analyzed four varieties of time in front of the screen, including social networks, video games, television and computer use.

The researchers analyzed data from 3,826 teenagers in 31 Montreal schools between 2012 and 2018, after their screen time from grade 7 to grade 11.

CBC News reported that teenagers reported for themselves the amount of time they spent in front of a screen per week. The research identified social networks as the most harmful of all forms of time in front of the screen.

They discovered that Instagram was the main culprit of teenage depression, since, according to Conrod, "it exposes young people to images that promote an upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves."

The same connection was not found for those of us who play video games. Boers explained that more than 70 percent of players play with other people online or in person, therefore, they are not socially isolated.

SHOWS:
1. Researchers study the types of screen time used by teenagers
2. The study follows teenagers for many years.
3. The study identifies social networks as the most harmful.
4. Instagram contributes to upward social comparison

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"The principal investigator, Patricia Conrod, professor of psychiatry at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal and her colleague, Elroy Boers examined the correlation between depression in adolescents and four varieties of time in front of the screen, including social networks, video games, television and computer use. "

"They analyzed the data of 3,826 teenagers from 31 Montreal schools between 2012 and 2018, after their screen time from 7th to 11th grade."

"The research identified social networks as the most harmful of all forms of time in front of the screen."

"They discovered that Instagram was the main culprit of teenage depression, since, according to Conrod, & # 39; exposes young people to images that promote an upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves."

SOURCES: JAMA NETWORK, CBC, THE GLOBE AND MAIL

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Social media linked to depression in teenagers

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