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Social Media, Smartphone Use Affect Teenagers ‘Mental Health

Social media and smartphone use significantly affect the mental health of teenagers, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, reports CBS News.

Researchers pored over dozens of studies that implicated smartphone and social media use in the increase of “mental distress, self-injurious behavior and suicidality among youth.”

In Ontario, the number of teenagers reporting “moderate to severe mental distress” went from 24 percent in 2013 to 39 percent just four years later.

Another review of 20 studies found that the use of social media was associated with “body image concerns and disordered eating,” the research team reported.

Source: Newsmax

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