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Teen suicides now outnumber homicides and smartphone use could be playing a major role
Business Insider ^ | 8/7/2017 | Chris Weller

Posted on 08/08/2017 4:38:21 AM PDT by simpson96

In 2011, for the first time in more than two decades, suicide began killing more teenagers than homicide.

And according to research presented in a recent article in The Atlantic, excerpted from a book written by Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University, smartphones and social media may deserve a lot of the blame.

"As teens have started spending less time together, they have become less likely to kill one another," Twenge wrote, "and more likely to kill themselves."

Over the past decade, psychologists have come to see a picture in which young, developing brains are pitted against the power of brightly colored notifications, relentless pocket vibrations, and addicting apps. A byproduct has been an increase in disorders such as depression and anxiety, which can sometimes be fatal.(snip)

Loneliness seems to be a major factor in why smartphones and social media can contribute to worsening mental health.

"Today's teens may go to fewer parties and spend less time together in person, but when they do congregate, they document their hangouts relentlessly — on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook," Twenge wrote. "Those not invited to come along are keenly aware of it."

In the days before social media, not getting invited to a party still felt bad. But the bad feeling most likely went away within a day or two as people stopped talking about the night's events. With apps that document every party happening in real time, and preserve those memories forever, there is never a shortage of reminders that you were left out.

Some teens seem to lack a healthy outlet for dealing with those bad feelings. The effects of loneliness have left them emotionally ill-equipped to seek out resources that might improve their mental health. Instead, they bear their psychic pain in private.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: psychology; suicide; teens; trends
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1 posted on 08/08/2017 4:38:21 AM PDT by simpson96
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...suicide began killing...

I didn't realize suicide was a killer!

2 posted on 08/08/2017 4:42:21 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: simpson96

The Darwinian culling continues apace.


3 posted on 08/08/2017 4:46:40 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation camp?)
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To: simpson96

This article reads as just one more reason to keep WBill Jr. away from Instagram, Facebook, etc etc etc.


4 posted on 08/08/2017 4:53:54 AM PDT by wbill
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To: simpson96

Another factor that could be playing a role: the cultural nihilism that causes people to question the whole point of living.


5 posted on 08/08/2017 4:54:31 AM PDT by djpg (.)
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To: simpson96

The rotten part of the Apple. Since adolescents are so susceptible to impulsive behavior and peer pressure perhaps restrictions should be put on teen I phone use , the way restrictions are put on guns and alcohol. Just joking. Suspect the suicides have much more to do with the emptiness of the neo pagan culture and drug use.


6 posted on 08/08/2017 5:00:37 AM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: djpg
Another factor that could be playing a role: the cultural nihilism that causes people to question the whole point of living.

I believe THAT is the biggest factor! As young people see more and more grown-ass men and women haven't even figured out what gender they are or where to take a crap, add in the MSM making it sound like the world is going to end in a fiery ball of heat - any day now, due to globull warming - and those already hormone-induced-confused kids start to wonder why bother going on?!?!

I truly believe that the left's constant droning about the worst in the world and the degrading of people (in general) and their refusal to admit that their long, never ending run away from Christian values is a key factor in the increasing teen suicide rates.
7 posted on 08/08/2017 5:13:00 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Helping Make American Great Again, by ignoring Liberals!)
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To: simpson96

A few comments:

1. Is that because there are more suicides or fewer homicides? Or a little of both?

2. Suicide is often (not always, but often) a “disease” of self-centeredness. It is rare in populations that are struggling for their very existence. It is more common in populations that have a very comfortable existence.

3. Why is it that teens are obsessed with trying to belong to groups where the people don’t like them rather than looking for groups where they will fit in? As adults, most of us are not trying to hang out with celebrities. Instead, we are members of groups with whom we share common interests.


8 posted on 08/08/2017 5:15:59 AM PDT by generally ( Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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Smartphones?
But before the press said that the source of problems for youth was role-playing games...or comic books.

It couldn’t possibly be being unsupervised with parents who are seldom home.


9 posted on 08/08/2017 5:16:10 AM PDT by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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Good article and not surprising. I’ve read a couple of Jean Twenge’s books and recommend them.


10 posted on 08/08/2017 5:20:28 AM PDT by Nothingburger
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I blame the growth of the collectivist state and the rotten beliefs that grow with it. Suicides go up and babies go down everywhere its tried. Of course your typical leftist pundit is never going to get it.


11 posted on 08/08/2017 5:34:36 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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This sounds like the theme of a horror movie. Evil smartphones are finding a way to kill teens!!!!


12 posted on 08/08/2017 5:43:00 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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Applying the logic of the gun-hating crowd, we should consider regulating cell phones. And Facebook.


13 posted on 08/08/2017 5:47:56 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: simpson96

This is the least spiritual generation in our history. They are hopeless. It shows.


14 posted on 08/08/2017 5:50:52 AM PDT by txrefugee (.)
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To: djpg
...cultural nihilism that causes people to question the whole point of living.

Bad ideas have a remarkable persistence. I'm addition to actively trying to infect others with it the fooled often take their rotten beliefs all the way to the grave.

15 posted on 08/08/2017 5:52:50 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: djpg

Absolutely true.


16 posted on 08/08/2017 5:58:36 AM PDT by momincombatboots (White Stetsons up.. let's save our country!)
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To: txrefugee

“This is the least spiritual generation in our history”

Totally!

‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’


17 posted on 08/08/2017 6:12:05 AM PDT by simpson96
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The smartphone has nothing to do with it. Social media came about as people lost the ability to interact with each other (in the flesh, of course). The alienation is the problem. The stupidphone makes it easier to withdraw from ANY contact with a human.

Rip the damn things from their hands, and they still won’t be able to interact with the person sitting next to them in the dentist’s office.


18 posted on 08/08/2017 6:17:03 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Insanity, even when disguised by a nice-sounding name, is still insanity.)
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They need to get a life however they would do well in California.


19 posted on 08/08/2017 6:32:22 AM PDT by Vaduz (women and children to be impacted the most.)
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Today’s kids don’t get enough time with just themselves to figure out who they are.


20 posted on 08/08/2017 7:14:50 AM PDT by cymbeline
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