Between 2010 and 2015, the mental health of US teens absolutely plummeted. Depression rates rose by 33 percent. Attempted suicide went up 23 percent, and suicides themselves rose 31 percent. But what in the world happened during these five years to leave us with such devastating figures? Research is pointing to the smartphone. Does too much screen time put some teens at risk for mental health issues like depression? Find out below.
Smartphones are great, but it’s safe to say we could all benefit from a smartphone break from time to time. Smartphone use has been linked to increased rates of anxiety and depression in teenagers. And a new study shows that for some individuals, too much smartphone use can prevent them from dealing with emotional upsets in a healthy way.