Are Cell Phones Contributing to Teen Depression?

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There's been some new and alarming research about the increasing number of suicides and cases of depression among teens. Are cell phones and social media contributing to the problem? During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Jean Twenge, who is author of the forthcoming book IGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. "For the data around 2011/2012, I started to see some large, sudden changes in just a year or two. And that’s unusual," she says. "Usually it takes some time to roll out. There is this pattern around a number of things --- there was a rise in symptoms of depression as well as a rise in loneliness, and happiness started to decline. This made me wonder what might be causing that. It made me wonder how teens are spending their time, and they were spending more time on screens." Twenge says the teen suicide rate has tripled since 2011. Doug Gentile, who is a

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