Share your voice Android P has features to curb smartphone addiction Social media might play a role in why teenagers are depressed. Picture Alliance/Getty Images For years, experts have pointed a finger at phones as a possible factor in depression and other mental health problems. A study published Monday from researchers at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital found that increased social media and TV use predicts an increase in symptoms of depression in teenagers. “Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year,” Patricia Conrod, the research team’s lead said, in a press release on Monday. Conrod’s team followed about 4,000 Canadian teenagers, aged 12 to 16 years, for four years. For each year of high school, teens self-reported on time spent with digital screens. They specified the amount of time spent participating in four different types of screen activities: social media, television, video gaming and computer use. The study found that if teens reported increases that their social media use and television viewing, then their depression symptoms also increased. However, an increase in video gaming wasn’t found to be a predictor for depression.Conrod said more research is needed to tell whether exposure to social media is actually causing elevated rates of depression in young people, but said the study could help design intervention strategies for at-risk youths.”Early identification of vulnerability to depression gives clinicians and parents a large window of time in which to intervene,” Conrod said. “Regulating teens’ social media and television use might be one way to help young people manage depressed mood or vulnerability to depressive symptoms.”Conrod wasn’t immediately available for additional comment. Now playing: Watch this: 0 null 3:07 Tags Mobile Digital Media Wellness
Australia qualify for Olympic basketball WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut and his Australia teammates have qualified for next year’s Olympic basketball tournament. Bogut scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had two blocks as Australia beat New Zealand 89-79 yesterday in an Oceania qualifying game to earn its place in Rio de Janiero. Bogut was in doubt because of a back injury, but his play helped the Aussies win the two-game aggregate series by 22 points following a 71-59 victory in the first leg. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova added 14 points, Chicago Bulls forward Cameron Bairstow had 10 and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills scored nine for Australia. New Zealand still have a chance to make it to Rio through another qualifying series next year. Rogers to retire from Test cricket LONDON, England (AP): Chris Rogers will retire from Test cricket after the final Ashes match against England, becoming the third Australia player to end his international career on the tour. The 37-year-old opening batsman said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play cricket as a living for nearly 20 years and it’s been amazing and a privilege, but everything good comes to an end.” Rogers, who will play his 25th Test when the fifth and final Ashes Test starts at The Oval tomorrow, made his debut in 2008, but didn’t win his second cap until the 2013 Ashes. Ryan Harris quit because of injury before the Ashes series began and Australia captain Michael Clarke announced after the fourth Test, which England won to regain the urn, he will retire after the Ashes. Former FIFA, UEFA official dies at 82 FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, a former FIFA and UEFA official who also served as president of the German soccer federation, has died. He was 82. The German federation said Mayer-Vorfelder died in a Stuttgart hospital on Monday. The DFB gave no cause of death. Mayer-Vorfelder headed the DFB from 2001-06 and oversaw the organisation of the 2006 World Cup in Germany before leaving the organisation. He also served two terms on the FIFA executive committee and was UEFA vice-president from 2007-09. Mayer-Vorfelder was also president of Bundesliga club Stuttgart from 1975-2000. Stuttgart won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during that time. Mayer-Vorfelder is survived by his wife Margit and their four children.