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Digital media linked to depression in young adults

16 Mar 2019 | 9:38 PM

NEW YORK: Increased use of digital media may be partly responsible for the growth in the percentage of young adults experiencing certain types of mental health disorders in the US over the past decade, suggests new research.

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Increased use of digital media may be partly responsible for the growth in the percentage of young adults experiencing certain types of mental health disorders in the US over the past decade, suggests new research.

"More US adolescents and young adults in the late 2010s, versus the mid-2000s, experienced serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts, and more attempted suicide," said lead study author Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University in the US.

"These trends are weak or non-existent among adults 26 years and over, suggesting a generational shift in mood disorders instead of an overall increase across all ages," Twenge added.

For the study, the researchers analysed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a nationally representative survey that has tracked drug and alcohol use, mental health and other health-related issues in individuals aged 12 and over in the US since 1971.

They looked at survey responses from more than 200,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 from 2005 to 2017, and almost 400,000 adults aged 18 and over from 2008 to 2017.

The rate of individuals reporting symptoms consistent with major depression in the last 12 months increased 52 per cent in adolescents from 2005 to 2017—from 8.7 per cent to 13.2 per cent—and 63 per cent in young adults aged 18 to 25 from 2009 to 2017—from 8.1 per cent to 13.2 per cent, showed the findings published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

"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," said Twenge.

She believes this trend may be partially due to increased use of electronic communication and digital media, which may have changed modes of social interaction enough to affect mood disorders.

Moreover, research shows that young people are not sleeping as much as they did in previous generations, she noted. IANS

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19 Mar 2019 | 3:12 PM

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14 Mar 2019 | 1:42 PM

WASHINGTON: NASA is likely to use a commercial rocket to launch its Orion crew capsule around the Moon next year, instead of the agency's future multibillion-dollar Space Launch System (SLS), administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

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14 Mar 2019 | 1:21 PM

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Twitter rolling out redesigned camera on its app

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14 Mar 2019 | 12:54 PM

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NEW DELHI: Aiming to give Indian users a fast and lightweight browser, Mozilla, the maker of the Open Source browser Firefox, on Wednesday launched 'Firefox Lite' Android browser which is less than 4MB and comes with privacy-focused browsing features.

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13 Mar 2019 | 3:19 PM

WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA has selected nine teams to study untouched samples collected from the Moon by the Apollo missions in the 1970s and carefully stored for nearly 50 years.

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13 Mar 2019 | 3:13 PM

NEW YORK: Americans most at risk from more frequent and intense heat waves tend to misjudge the deadly dangers hot spells can pose to their health, scientists said on Tuesday.

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13 Mar 2019 | 2:49 PM

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13 Mar 2019 | 1:26 PM

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13 Mar 2019 | 1:26 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Wednesday apologised after users around the world faced problems with accessing Gmail and other services.

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13 Mar 2019 | 12:32 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: After pausing investments in its "Allo" mobile messaging app, Google has finally bid goodbye to the platform that was launched with much fanfare in 2016.

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13 Mar 2019 | 11:29 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Several Google users on Wednesday reported problems with accessing Gmail and other services in large parts of the world. The company said it was investigating the problem.

YouTube music debuts in India

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12 Mar 2019 | 10:45 PM

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NASA proposes $21 billion to reach Moon, Mars

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12 Mar 2019 | 2:32 PM

WASHINGTON: Aiming to put astronauts back on the Moon, reach Mars and beyond, NASA has proposed a budget of $21 billion—nearly six per cent more than last year—to the Donald Trump administration.

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12 Mar 2019 | 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON: Most people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found.

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12 Mar 2019 | 12:59 PM

HOUSTON: Choosing to forget something uses more brain power than trying to remember it, according to a study that could lead to treatments to help people rid themselves of unwanted memories.

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