Summary of “The number of teens who are depressed is soaring”

The number of American teens with depressed thoughts has been increasing since 2012.
What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide?
Teens spend much less time interacting with their friends in person.
While conducting research for my book on iGen, I found that teens now spend much less time interacting with their friends in person.
We found that teens who spent more time than average online and less time than average with friends in person were the most likely to be depressed.
Since 2012, that’s what has occurred en masse: Teens have spent less time on activities known to benefit mental health and more time on activities that may harm it.
Teens are also sleeping less, and teens who spend more time on their phones are more likely to not be getting enough sleep.
Some vulnerable teens who would otherwise not have had mental health issues may have slipped into depression due to too much screen time, not enough face-to-face social interaction, inadequate sleep or a combination of all three.

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