According to an article published in an issue of Time Magazine entitled “The Kids are Not All Right”, American teens are anxious, depressed and overwhelmed.
The article states, “In 2015 about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 2 million report experiencing depression that impairs their daily function. About 30% of girls and 20% of boys totaling 6.3 million teens have had an anxiety disorder according to data from the National Institutes of Mental Health.”
Being a teenager today is a full-time job that not only includes schoolwork and relationships but also includes managing a social media identity. One young woman was quoted in the article as saying, “We are the first generation that cannot escape our problems at all.”
A 2015 CNN special report conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis and the University of Texas at Dallas examined the social media use of more than 200 13-year olds. Their analysis found that “there is no firm line between their real and online worlds”. According to the researchers, the study also found that even when parent try their best to monitor their children’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds, they are likely unable to recognize the subtle signs and social exclusions that cause kids pain.
"If you wanted to create an environment to churn out really angsty people, we've done it."
-- Janis Whitlock, Cornell Unviversity