As Social Media Time Rises, So Does Teen Girls' Suicide Risk
February 18, 2021
TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As the amount of time young teenage girls spend glued to Instagram, TikTok and other social media sites goes up, so does their long-term risk for suicide, a new study warns.
The finding stems from a decade spent tracking social media habits and suicide risk among 500 teenage boys and girls, the longest such effort to date, the study authors said.
"We found that girls who started using social media at two to three hours a day or more at age 13, and then increased [that use] over time, had the highest levels of suicide risk in emerging adulthood," said study author Sarah Coyne. She is associate director of the school of family life at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.