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Excessive use of smartphone may increase suicide risk in teens

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KATHMANDU — Teenagers who spend more time on smartphones and other electronic devices may be at the higher risk of developing depression and suicidal tendencies, a new study has claimed.

Researchers from the Florida State University in the US said screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, showed that teens who spent more time on the devices were less happy than those who spend more time on nonscreen activities like sports and exercise.

“There is a concerning relationship between excessive screen time and risk for death by suicide, depression, suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts,” said Thomas Joiner, from the Florida State University.

“All of those mental health issues are very serious. I think it’s something parents should ponder,” he added.

The researchers discovered 48 per cent of teenagers who spent five or more hours per day on electronic devices reported a suicide-related behaviour compared to 28 per cent of adolescents who spent less than an hour using electronic devices.

Those who focused more on nonscreen activities like sports and exercise, talking to friends face to face, doing homework and going to church were more likely to be happy.

Depression and suicide rates for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 increased dramatically since 2010, especially among girls, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study identified excessive use of electronic devices as a likely culprit.

According to CDC statistics, the suicide rate increased 31 per cent among teenagers from 2010 to 2015, while a national survey shows that the number of adolescents reporting symptoms of severe depression rose 33 per cent.

Those increases were largely driven by teenage girls.

Their suicide rate soared 65 per cent and those suffering severe depression increased 58 per cent.
The rate of suicide-related behaviours — feeling hopeless, thinking about suicide or attempting it– increased 14 per cent.

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Korean Pop Cover Dance Competition -2018 to be held in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU- Korean Pop Cover Dance Competition -2018 is to be held in the capital on December 14 with the objective of cultural exchange between Nepal and Korea by means of dance.

The dance competition is taking place at the Rastriya Naachghar at Jamal at 1 pm on December 14. Twenty six dance groups are competing in the contest being organized by Struck Pop in association with Youth for Change.

The Invincible Events and Management is managing the event.

The 26 dance troupes were selected from total 150 groups through the first selection round held in Butwal, Narayangadh, Dharan, Pokhara and Kathmandu.

The team coming out first in the competition will bag Rs 30,000; the team standing second Rs 20,000 and the team coming third Rs 10,000, the founding director of Struck Pop, Sresh Moktan, said.

Struck Pop is a Korean dance troupe constituted in 2015. It has been carrying out various activities related to Korean dance since its inception.

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