Now, let’s talk about actual clinical depression and not just depressive symptoms. 56% more teenagers experienced a major episode of clinical depression in 2015 than in 2010. 60% if teenagers experienced severe impairment.
Between 2007 and 2015, the number of 12- to 14- year-olds who killed themselves grew by 150%. If this is not terrifying, I don’t know what is.
These are kids who discovered smartphones at the entrance to puberty. And whose parents discovered smartphones when their kids were entering puberty, which is probably even more important. Smartphones weren’t ubiquitous before 2012. Now think about what’s going to happen for those who are immersed in them since infancy when they reach that age. And whose parents are immersed throughout the kids’ whole lives.
I’m really glad we are reading such important material at work.