It’s not video games that make kids depressed

A study has been conducted that suggests that it’s not just watching TV or just playing computer games that causes depression in teens and children.

Social media use and time spent watching television were thought to cause depression in children and teenagers. However, a recent study showed that the cause of depression in children is not just watching TV or just playing video games.

Researchers followed 3,826 teenagers in Montreal, Canada, who were in the seventh grade, for four years. The research, led by Patricia Conrod of the University of Montreal, focused on the link between depressive behaviors and four different screen use (using a computer, browsing social media, watching television, and playing video games).

In fact, this type of research has been done before, but the difference of this latest research is; pointing out that video games are not responsible for teen depression. This may be because video games do not portray people or teenagers. On the other hand, social media and television are responsible for lowering the self-confidence of young people because they make ‘descriptions of ideal life’. These ideal life depictions cause children and young people to compare themselves to unreal, ostentatious, filtered people and lives.

Research will be further deepened

The most interesting part of the research revealed; screen time does not affect weekly physical activity. Conrod and his team said they will deepen the research and try to find out if it is a certain type of image that causes depression in children and teenagers, or whether it is certain behaviors that put them at risk. It is not easy to find answers to these questions, but answering these questions will enable us to lead a healthier life.

The researchers, who followed 3,826 seventh graders living in Montreal, Canada for four years, focused on the relationship between depressive behaviors in children and teenagers and four different screen use (using a computer, browsing social media, watching television and playing video games). This type of research has been done before, but the difference of this latest research is; pointing out that video games are not responsible for teen depression. This may be because video games do not portray people or teenagers. On the other hand, social media and television are responsible for lowering the self-confidence of young people because they make ‘descriptions of ideal life’. These ideal life depictions cause children and young people to compare themselves to unreal, ostentatious, filtered people and lives.

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