Study Finds Link Between Screen Time and Depression in Young People

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             It seems that teens and screens are a bad combination, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study found that spending too much time scrolling through social media and watching more television has been linked with symptoms of depression in young people. Interestingly, the study did not find the same increase in depression among teens because of video games or computer use. Researchers think that’s because teens using social media and watching a lot of TV may get the impression their lives don’t measure up to those of their friends and others their age, compared to the abstract and fantasy depictions of video games.

            Dr. Steve Lauer is a pediatrician at The University of Kansas Health System who sees the effects of social media on kids every day in his clinic. In the video, he talks about the study and what it means. He also gives the signs and symptoms your child may be depressed, and what parents can do when they see those signs. He also talks about things parents can do to keep their kids’ screen time under control.

            The video also contains b-roll of young people using various screens and devices.