Exposure to social media elevates depression among teenagers, study finds

Exposure to social media elevates depression among teenagers, study finds
Increased usage of social media and TV results in symptoms of depression in teenagers, a study by researchers of Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital reveals.

For years, experts have pointed a finger at phones as a possible factor in depression and other mental health problems and this recent study has also confirmed that.

"Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," Patricia Conrod, the research team's lead stated.

Patricia’s team collected data of about 4,000 Canadian teenagers, aged 12 to 16 years and accessed their usage time on digital screens.

The amount of time spent was further categorized into four screen activities: social media, television, video gaming and computer use.

The study found that if teens reported increases that their social media use and television viewing, then their depression symptoms also increased. However, an increase in video gaming wasn't found to be a predictor for depression.

Patricia concluded by stating that more research is needed to tell whether exposure to social media is actually causing elevated rates of depression in young people.