Parents struggling with concerns over their teens use of social media and screen time, especially during the pandemic, can feel some relief. According to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, daily social media use by adolescents does not raise the risk for depression.
There was no compelling evidence that social media use and depression are linked in teens
These findings, which contradict popular wisdom, are the result of research conducted by a team at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. First author Noah Kreski explains,
While some adults have voiced concerns over the potential mental health risks of this behavior, our research finds no compelling evidence to suggest that social media use meaningfully increases adolescents’ risk of depressive…