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Nature: How social media affects teen mental health: a missing link

Amy Orben & Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Feb 14, 2023

Researchers investigating the impacts of social media on mental health must consider where exactly adolescents are in their cognitive and social development.

Depression, anxiety and suicidality have all sharply increased in adolescents over the past decade. So, too, has the amount of time that young people spend online (see ‘Troubling trends’). Partly because of fears that there’s a link between these trends, governments around the world are under pressure to do more to regulate technology companies.


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