The Complicated Relationship Between Screen Time and Depression

Blaming smartphones and social media for mental health issues in teens distracts from deeper problems

Jaya Padmanabhan
Elemental

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Photo by Isabell Winter on Unsplash

MMuch has been written about Palo Alto’s teen suicides, which is four or five times the national average. My daughter was 13 in 2009, attending Terman Middle School in Palo Alto, when her…

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Jaya Padmanabhan
Elemental

Journalist. Writer. Columnist for @SFExaminer. Previous editor @IndiaCurrents. Author of story collection “Transactions of Belonging.” Twitter @jayapadmanabhan