Monday, 4 March 2019
Depression and self-harm is higher in teenagers of the Facebook Generation
Teenagers today drink less, take fewer drugs, and are less likely to be vandals or violent than their elders of just a decade before, a large-scale new study found.
But instead they are more likely to suffer from depression or obesity, to sleep badly, or to engage in self-harm.
The shift in the behaviour between two generations of 14-year-olds just ten years apart may illustrate the impact of social media - a major influence in the lives of the younger group, who were born in 2000 and 2001.
Known variously as the Facebook Generation or Generation Sensible, they have much lower levels of drinking, smoking, drug-taking or teen pregnancy than their predecessors.