Telegraph headline linking depression and social media isn't backed up by article - Full Fact

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A Telegraph article with a headline about teenage depression doubling due to social media did not get this information from the study it cites.
Telegraph headline linking depression and social media isn't backed up by article

30 April 2021

What was claimed Doubling of teenage depression rates is linked to social media use. Our verdict The study referred to in the article does not show this, and the expert quoted in the article said that there could be a number of factors at play.

"Doubling of teenage depression rates linked to social media use"

Daily Telegraph print edition, 28 April 2021

A headline in the Daily Telegraph has claimed that teenage depression rates doubling is linked to social media use. The article also appeared online with a different headline. The article takes data from different sources. However, the main study described in the article does not discuss a link between depression and social media, and social media usage was not investigated in the study.

An academic quoted in the Telegraph article says that while social media may be related more generally to changes in mental health, a causal link hasn't been established, and other factors also need to be considered.

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