Research + News | Topic: Mental Health

The Highs and Lows of Teens’ Instagram Use

For some it leads to closer bonds with friends, for others a greater risk of depression, study found. Read the article here.

No Link Between Violent Video Games & Lack of Empathy

The finding, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that empathy is not blunted by playing violent video games long-term.

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There’s No Crying On Social Media!

Young adults are desperate not to let peers see any signs of weakness or failure.

Read this article/book review by Andrew Root for Christianity Today here.

Just One Hour A Day On Social Media Makes Teens Miserable

Social media sites help us stay connected, but for younger teens, the cost of online connectivity can be steep. Read the article here.

Internet Addiction Ups Risks Of Other Mental Health Problems

Youngsters spending excessive time on the internet are more likely to suffer from mental health problems including anxiety, inattention, depression, executive functioning issues, impulsiveness and ADHD.

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Nudity and Social Media Harm Girls

Celebrities routinely appear in compromising and salacious photos, and the tabloid press rewards them with adoring attention. Read the article here.

Six Potential Downsides of Social Media

The first generation raised with social media must recognize that each introduction of new technology brings some unintended consequences with it. Tim Elmore suggests we find ways to counter the negative realities that coincide with the emergence of social media. Read his blog post here.

Is Social Media Fueling A National Epidemic Of Teen Suicide?

Recent suicides underscore the disturbing increase in suicide amongst young people – up at least 13% from 2010. Read the article here.

Certain Adolescent Brains Can’t Stop Gaming. That’s Good and Bad – Here’s Why

Psychologists refer to the addiction as Internet gaming disorder, identified as a “condition for further study” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Read the article here.

Split Image

ESPN takes a look at the life of Madison Holleran, a college student who, according to her Instagram account, seemed to have it all together. The truth was much different as she committed suicide in 2014.

Read the article here.