By Patti Neighmond

November 14, 2017

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A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science

finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices - whether a

computer, cell phone or tablet - might have contributed to an uptick in

symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts over the last several years

among teens, especially among girls.

 

Though San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge, who led the

study, agrees this sort of research can only establish a correlation between

long hours of daily screen time and symptoms of alienation - it can't prove

one causes the other - she thinks the findings should be a warning to

parents.