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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KATHMANDU — A South Korean Consultancy Company has been selected to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Kathmandu-Terai Fast-Track project — a national pride and strategic importance mega project.
The Nepal Army (NA) had earlier assigned an Indian company named IL and FS but it did not agree with the cost of the report prepared by the Indian company.
Hence, the South Korean company, Soosung, has been assigned to prepare the DPR for the 76-kilometer fast-track highway project.
The Project Chief and Major General Yogendra Bahadur Khand shared that construction agreement would be made between the South Korean company chosen to prepare DPR for the estimated Rs 111 billion-project and the NA by the end of September.
The preparation cost of DPR as demanded by the Indian company was Rs 510 million higher than what it has been agreed with the South Korean company – at Rs 100.15 million, informed Project Chief Khand.
The South Korean company is committed to prepare DPR within four months of the purchase agreement with the NA.
It has been 13 months since the NA was entrusted with the responsibility to manage the construction of the Fast-Track.
The NA has been carrying on the basic and preliminary works relating to the Fast-Track based on the feasibility study conducted by the Asian Development Bank in 2008.Follow @gorkhapost