Excess Social Media Time for Teen girls tied to elevated Sui
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As teens' use of social media has grown over the past decade, so too has the suicide rate among younger people, with suicide now being the second leading cause of death among those ages 10 to 34.

The current study by the Journal of Youth and Adolescence examined the link between various types of screen media use over a 10-year period (from adolescence to emerging adulthood) to evaluate suicide risk in emerging adulthood.

Investigators included 500 adolescents (51% female) who were first surveyed in 2009 when they were an average of 13.82 years old (range 12-15 years).

The study findings were;

--For girls, a high level of social media or television use in early adolescence followed by a marked increase over time was most predictive of suicide risk in emerging adulthood.

--Additionally, video game use that increased over time was also associated with a higher risk for developing suicide risk for girls.

--The use of entertainment apps was risky for girls while reading apps were risky for boys.

--Additionally, video game use (for boys) was associated with suicide risk when cyberbullying was also high.

Conclusively, identifying nonnormative patterns of media during adolescence may be instructive in terms of suicide prevention efforts.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01389-6
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