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

Just five hours in front of a screen raises the risk by 71 per cent, a study has found.

Girls are most vul­ner­a­ble, be­ing 14 per cent more likely to be 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.

San Diego and Florida state uni­ver­si­ties stud­ied the habits of 133,000 teenagers.

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