What parent in the modern world doesn’t worry about what their children are doing on social media? It’s a familiar refrain. Cyberbullying, pornography, predators and predatory memes of every imaginable (and often imaginary) variety, the dreaded “Fakebook” or “FOMO” phenomenon, referring to the way social media posts tend to present a glamorized version of users’ lives – driving other users to feelings of inadequacy and despair.
In a terrifying article, published by the prestigious scientific journal ‘Clinical Psychological Science‘, the authors seemed to confirm the worst. The title says it all: “Increases in Depressive Symptoms, Suicide-Related Outcomes, and Suicide Rates Among U.S. Adolescents After 2010 and Links to Increased New Media Screen Time.”