Teens beware! Risk of depression increases with time spent in front of screens

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New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Symptoms of depression and suicide in teens, especially girls, increase with the time spent in front of a screen- be it computers, cell phones or tablets- a recent study has suggested. The research examined questionnaire data from more than 500,000 U.S. teens and also looked at data suicide statistics kept by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They found that the suicide rate for girls aged 13-18 increased by 65 percent between 2010 and 2015, and the number of girls experiencing suicide. The number of teen girls reporting symptoms of severe depression increased by 58%. The research found that 48 percent of teens who spent five or more hours per day on electronic devices reported at least one suicide-related outcome, compared to only 28 percent of those who spent less than an hour a day on devices. Depressive symptoms were more common in teens, who spent a lot of time on their devices, as well. The researcher concluded that limiting screen-time to one or two hours per day would statistically fall into the safe zone for device usage.

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