With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit

In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.

In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens’ lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone.

via The Conversation With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit

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  1. I’d say we are building a society in which only androids will “feel” comfortable and able to “operate” it according to some AI rational. The people race, or “Earthians” as I call hem, are making themselves redundant by abandoning more of the characteristics that make them, if not entirely human (being human means being humane) at least different from a (as yet unexplained) evolved moral and spiritual base. Technology is eradicating both, morality and spirituality, replacing it with a machine-based dead-end quest for mindless information and equally mindless interaction with it. Humans are not machines but we’re already in step with the machine age and won’t get out until we destroy the machines.

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