Elevation in teen suicides, social media to blame
An elevation in suicide rates amongst the teens in the U.S. took place and simultaneously use of social media increased. And a new study recommends that there might be a connection. Suicide rates for teens increased from 2010 to 2015 after they had dropped for almost 2 Decades, as per data from the federal CDCP (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Why the rates jumped is not known.
The survey does not solve the query, but it recommends that one reason might be increasing use of social media. Recent suicides of teens have been accused on cyber bullying, and social media posts portraying “ideal” lives might be taking a toll on mental health of the teens, researchers claim. “After hours of going through feeds of Instagram, I just experience inferior about myself due to the fact that I feel left out,” claimed a 17-year-old teen, Caitlin Hearty, residing in Littleton, Colorado, who assisted setup last month an offline campaign after various suicides of the local teens.
“Nobody posts the wrong things they are going through,” claimed Chloe Schilling, 17, who assisted with the crusade, in which thousands of teens decided not to use the social media or Internet for 1 Month. The authors of the study looked at suicide reports of CDCP from 2009–2015 and outcomes of 2 studies provided to the students of the U.S. high school to measure behaviors, attitudes, and interests. About 0.5 Million teens aged between 13 and 18 were included. They were inquired about use of social media, electronic devices, television, print media, and time spent with pals. Queries about mood comprised frequency of attempting or considering suicide and feeling hopeless.
The scientists did not survey circumstances surrounding separate suicides. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s chief medical officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, claimed that the study offers weak proof for a well-liked theory and that many reasons persuade teen suicide. The survey was published this week in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.
The information pointed out in the study includes: Use of electronic devices by teens including handsets for minimum 5 Hours each day increased more than 2x, to 19% in 2015 from 8% in 2009.