This Smartphone Button May Reduce Depression – If things have a tendency to feel bleak these days, it’s not just you.

Young Americans are more than twice as likely to suffer from mental health problems than they were a decade ago, a new study published by the American Psychological Association finds.

Teens and young adults today are more likely to go through depression or have suicidal thoughts, and “more [have] attempted suicide,” than people the same age in the mid-2000s, according to Jean Twenge, who led the study.

She believes this uptick in depression and suicidality makes teens and young people today significantly different from previous generations.

The one smartphone feature that may reduce depression: the ‘off’ button 

Twenge’s advice on how to combat this echoes what others have said:

  • Use your phone less at night;
  • keep them out of the bedroom entirely;
  • ban phone usage an hour before bedtime and developing a relaxing bedtime routine.

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Phone Addiction Is Real — And So Are Its Mental Health Risks

Alice G. Walton, Contributor

FORBES – A lot of us must be wondering if we’re hooked on our tech: Searches for “phone addiction” have risen steadily in the past five years, according to Google Trends, and “social media addiction” trails it closely.

Interestingly, phone addiction and social media addiction are closely intertwined, especially for younger people, who probably aren’t playing chess on their phones or even talking on them—they’re on social media.

And according to a growing number of studies, it’s looking more and more like this pastime is addictive. Even more concerning is the fact that this addiction is linked to some serious mental health risks.

Sloan Management Review recently published a clever experiment—professors at two business schools in Italy and France made giving up one’s smartphone for a day a requirement of the students in their courses.

Most of the students, who could plan what day they’d give up their phones, felt some degree of anxiety.

They didn’t know what to do with the extra time, from eating breakfast to riding on public transportation. Read more. 


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