A new version of this “study” gets brought up every few months in school (I’m 17). People are looking for a scapegoat, and lo and behold, they have found a correlation and assume it to be causation! The article tries to address this here:
Of course, it’s possible that instead of time online causing depression, depression causes more time online. But three other studies show that is unlikely (at least, when viewed through social media use).
Two followed people over time, with both studies finding that spending more time on social media led to unhappiness, while unhappiness did not lead to more social media use. A third randomly assigned participants to give up Facebook for a week versus continuing their usual use. Those who avoided Facebook reported feeling less depressed at the end of the week.
I’d like to point out something: all three of these studies that they use to support their claim are solely based upon Facebook usage. A single website, in the entirety of the internet. And that’s supposed to make things more definitive? Facebook can be quite depressing because of news articles and angry status updates, but the whole internet is not composed of this.
The majority of the users on this forum, I’ve seen, are adults. So let me give you one teen’s perspective: Why are we more depressed than other generations? Because the world is rapidly going downhill and we live in a time of great sadness (you could also say Godlessness) in general. Poverty has existed as long as we have existed, but it’s more prevalent now, and so on. Growing up in this environment… I can’t say it’s been great, for many of us who are more sensitive to the emotions surrounding us.