Use of an annual survey to assess an association between screen time and depression in adolescents

Takeaway

  • Time-varying associations between social media, television, and depression were found in this study of adolescents.

Why this matters

  • This is the first study to use longitudinal data from a large sample of adolescents to examine the association between 4 types of screen time and depression.

  • The findings indicate that the use of social media and television in adolescents may exacerbate symptoms of depression and should be considered when developing preventive measures and advising parents.