A recently published study has confirmed what a lot of people have long suspected: increasing social media use is correlated to suicidal thoughts among some adolescents. But before you go pull the plug, the nuances here are important. Researchers have identified specific patterns of use that may be dangerous. This week we’ll talk about who is at risk, and what can be done.
The study’s co-author, Sarah Coyne, is an associate professor of human development at Brigham Young University — and she is also the mother of a young teen girl, so she’s got a pretty vested interest in how parents should use these results to inform their parenting.