Social Media Causes Spike in Suicidal Thoughts in Young People

March 15, 2019

Young adults born after 1995 are experiencing more mental health issues and it could be due to social media, according to a new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Researchers found that suicidal thoughts and actions from young adults spiked by nearly 50 percent between 2008 and 2017. Additionally, young adults reported a more than 50 percent increase in major depressive symptoms between 2005 and 2017. "Cultural trends in the last 10 years may have had a larger effect on mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes among younger generations compared with older generations," notes study lead author Dr. Jean Twenge.