With all the wonders and convenience of having the world in your hand, there has been an increase in depression in adolescents.
The pressure to keep up with multiple social media accounts could be taking an emotional and developmental toll. Body image anxiety, the pressure of competition for likes and followers, and too many hours spent on the phone could be an accelerant to anxiety issues or depression.
Between 2010 and 2016, the number of adolescents who experienced at least one major depressive episode leapt by 60%, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The 2016 survey of 17,000 kids found that about 13% of them had a major depressive episode, compared to 8% of the kids surveyed in 2010. Suicide deaths among people age 10 to 19 have also risen sharply, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more on Time’s article: We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones