A new study says smartphone usage is linked to teenagers becoming increasingly prone to depression, feelings of hopelessness, and suicide.
The research found that teens who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71 percent more likely to have one risk factor for suicide (such as depression), regardless of the content consumed.
“It’s an excessive amount of time spent on the device. So half an hour, an hour a day, that seemed to be the sweet spot for teen mental health in terms of electronic devices,” Jean Twenge, one of the authors of the study, told NPR. “At two hours a day there was only a slightly elevated risk. And then three hours a day and beyond is where you saw the more pronounced increase in those who had at least one suicide risk factor.”
Twenge also offered up some advice for teens and adults looking to curb their usage. “I think a great rule for both teens and adults is to try to keep your use at two hours a day or less,” she said. “And then you put that phone down, and you spend the rest of your time on things that are better for mental health and happiness, like sleeping, seeing friends and family face to face, getting out and exercising.”
Head over to NPR to read the original report.
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