CNN: Do your teenagers spend a lot of time on social media? Are they glued to TV a lot, too? It might be a good idea to have them unplug for a while.
A new study suggests a link between heavy amounts of screen time and depression. The study, published yesterday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, says that for every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching TV, the severity of depressive symptoms goes up within that same year. “To our knowledge, the present study is the first to present a developmental analysis of variations in depression and various types of screen time,” researchers wrote.