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Link – Depressed teens turn to social media to cope, survey finds

All this new technology is just a tool. We’re seeing this play out in studies now:

“One issue that many observers worry about is the possibility that young people’s use of may be contributing to the rise in adolescent depression,” the report reads.

Does it? “It’s a mixed bag and not as straightforward as we would hope,” Miller told NBC News. “To some it was a lifeline of support. For others, it really added to their distress.”

Social media can be horrible for anxiety and depression, but the connections with others can also provide a support system that doesn’t necessarily exist offline for many. We’re never going to be able to make the public square of social media a completely safe space, but we can do what we can to provide limited spaces that are, on blogs, private channels, group chats, etc.

I think there’s a lot of good being done in those places, using the same tools we hear so much negativity about.


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