Phone link to de­pres­sion

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

TEENAGERS who spend hours on their smart­phones and elec­tronic de­vices every day face a greater dan­ger of de­pres­sion.

Just five hours in front of a screen raises their risk by 71 per cent, ac­cord­ing to a study by San Diego and Florida state uni­ver­si­ties.

Girls are by far the most vul­ner­a­ble, with fe­males 14 per cent more likely to be­come de­pressed if they use so­cial me­dia sites every day.

Re­searchers be­lieve the pres­sure to get “likes” and judg­ment from other users may be to blame, as well as the fact boys are more likely to use de­vices for gam­ing.

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