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Teen screen time linked to feelings of loneliness: The importance of spending time with friends

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We’ve all heard the clichés “kids these days” or “back in my day.” But while our immediate response might be to tune out or roll our eyes at those who came before us, new research suggests that maybe we should listen — at least when it comes to teens’ use of technology.

That’s because a new study has found that as digital media use has increased among teens who are part of Generation Z, aptly dubbed iGen, so have their feelings of loneliness and depression.

Young people are considered to be people born in 1995 and onward. The study, which looked at teens who were ages 13 to 18, found that after 2011, feelings of loneliness increased sharply, correlating with a rise in digital media use. Today, 95 per cent of teens have smartphones compared to 23 per cent of teens in 2011.

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A new study on teens and digital media use finds that they tend to feel lonelier the more they use their devices.


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