Teen Depression and Suicide Rates are Rising in Tandem with Smartphone Ownership, Study Finds

November 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm




Researchers find a sharp rise in teen depression and suicide rates between 2010 and 2015 coincided with a sharp rise in teen smartphone ownership. None of the other common factors affecting suicide and depression changed during that period.

Teen suicide rates rose 31 percent between 2010 and 2015. Teen depression rates rose 33 percent over the same period.

Guess what else rose around 35 percent during that time period? Teen smartphone ownership.