Teen depression rates in the U.S. have been rising, and psychologist Jean Twenge suspects smartphones and social media are to blame.

But why are depression rates rising faster for girls?

Twenge studied three separate surveys of over 200,000 teens. She found that while boys and girls spend hours each day in front of screens, they don’t spend their screen time doing the same things – and this could make all the difference.

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One-fifth of U.S. teen girls reported experiencing major depression in 2017. Tgraphic/Shutterstock.com

Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys

Jean Twenge, San Diego State University

New research finds that the different ways boys and girls use digital technology might explain the discrepancy.

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