More adolescents and young adults in the late 2010s, versus the mid-2000s, experienced serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts, and more attempted suicide. These trends are weak or non-existent among adults 26 years and over, suggesting a generational shift in mood disorders instead of an overall increase across all ages. There is no significant increase in the percentage of older adults experiencing depression or psychological distress during corresponding time periods. The researchers even saw a slight decline in psychological distress in individuals over 65.
Cultural trends in the last few years may have had a larger effect on mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes among younger generations compared with older generations, who believes this trend may be partially due to increased use of electronic communication and digital media, which may have changed modes of social interaction enough to affect mood disorders. Research shows young people are not sleeping as much as they did in previous generations. They focus more on the life of today which is fabricated with social media trends that are unrealistic and our youth does not want to learn our older ways of living.
Teenagers and the youth of today do not know how to sit down with their parents and talk to them about what they are going through in their lives. The youth believe in writing down their problems on social platforms to show strangers what they are feeling and to get advice from them on what to do. Seeking validation from strangers that might even lead the victim in the wrong path of them end up committing suicide. Strangers can never understand your pain unless they are trained to but if we can turn our attention to the people that know us best, we will be able to get through all these depression and mental illness without taking any drastic mergers. Social media is toxic and our children do not want to understand the consequences that comes with been attached to social platforms.