The rise of social media may be the reason why the increase in mental conditions is significantly higher than before, based on information provided by an US-wide survey, released Thursday.
The American Psychological Association published the research which proves that more adolescents and young adults reported experiencing negative psychological symptoms.
Social media increases the risks of mental conditions in teens
To be more precise, people known as iGen, born in 1995 or later, showed increased risks of mental conditions due to social media. Substantial evidence in this regard is that in 2011 the most significant spike in mental illnesses symptoms occurred, around the same time with the birth of the social media.
The lead author, Jean Twenge who is also a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the writer of the book “iGen” said that substantial increase had been found in dominant suicidal or depression thoughts, more attempted suicides, and psychological distress after 2010, compared to the mid-2000s. The most significant increase happens in young adults and teens, and it has been linked to social media.
In older adults, no corresponding increase was seen yet, however. “These trends are weak or non-existent among adults 26 years and over, suggesting a generational shift in mood disorders instead of an overall increase across all ages,” said Twenge.
Researchers analyzed data gathered since 1971
Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health has been investigated by the team of scientists and Jean Twenge, their leader. That is an US-wide representative survey that that had in vision the alcohol and drug use, other health-related issues, and mental health in individuals from the United States age 12 and over since 1971.
More than 200,000 teens took the survey offering answers worth analyzing. There were between the ages of 12 and 17, and they participated in the study from 2005 to 2017 while almost 400,000 adults with the minimum age of 18 and over attended from 2008 to 2017.