Increase in Teen Suicide Linked to Social Media?

social media linked teen suicide

According to a new study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among United States teens surged simultaneously with social media use, and after analyzing the data, these 2 issues appear to be linked. Now, you must be aware of the fact that correlation doesn’t equal causation, but there’s no explanation so far for the sharp increase in suicide rates for teens, which rose between 2010 and 2015 after they’ve declined for almost 20 years.

While the CDC study leaves the question open, it suggests that heavy social media use may be one of the factors that led to an increase in suicide rates, things like cyberbullying and the like.

Here are the some interesting factoids from the study published in Clinical Psychological Science on Tuesday, let me quote:

—Teens’ use of electronic devices including smartphones for at least five hours daily more than doubled, from 8 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2015. These teens were 70 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions than those who reported one hour of daily use.

—In 2015, 36 percent of all teens reported feeling desperately sad or hopeless, or thinking about, planning or attempting suicide, up from 32 percent in 2009. For girls, the rates were higher — 45 percent in 2015 versus 40 percent in 2009.

—In 2009, 58% of 12th grade girls used social media every day or nearly every day; by 2015, 87% used social media every day or nearly every day. They were 14% more likely to be depressed than those who used social media less frequently.

 

Too many parents have allowed their children to replace family time and family interaction with social media. These teen social media addicts suffer anomalies in their developing brains that will limit their abilities to make good decisions in life mostly because social media and their concerns about social media are a fantasy land, and not real human interaction where real learning takes place.

Smartphones and various smart-electronics also replace memory ability and learning when teens rely too much on looking things up on their phones and not learning the things they need to know to be useful, productive citizens as they grow up. Math skills take a harder hit that other skills because basic facts are not learned. Nowadays, school children use calculators and fail to learn mental math skills even for the most basic kinds of problem solving, such as change for a dollar, or simple percentages.

Another elephant in the room is  the prescription SSRI psychotropic drugs, one of the main culprits that pushes people over the edge. Suicide warnings and violent thoughts are side-effects listed on many medications.  It’s time to stop protecting this industry and hold them responsible for the exponential increase in suicide and mass murders. Almost all mass murderers were on some sort of prescription drug, look it up.