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Teens that Spend 2 Hours Doing This Have a Higher Rate of Mental Health Problems

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

If it seems like you never see a teenager without a smartphone, it’s not your imagination playing tricks on you. Young people can scarcely live without their mobile devices, but that undying devotion could make their lives woefully unhappy, new data shows. [1]

Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa’s agency for health information, programs and services, conducted a study finding that teens who use social media sites for two hours or more per day are significantly more likely to have mental health problems, including psychological distress and suicidal thoughts.

Researchers analyzed data from 750 students in grades seven through 12 taken from the city’s 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey. The students responded to questions concerning their social media habits, mental health and psychological well-being, and mental health support. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed said that they spent at least two hours a day using social networking sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. [1]

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