Are Smartphones Killing Our Children?
With an increase in teen depression coinciding with the rise in digital technology, the idea that screen time is altering minds for the worse has become a widespread assumption. But scientific proof of this relationship is still inconclusive. For example, although studies show an association between social media and depressive symptoms, the results don’t prove causality and come with important caveats.
How do we get to the bottom of it? Scientists need to conduct extensive studies that involve passive information collection. And for that, they need companies like Apple and Google, which already keep such data, to cough it up.