Suicide and Digitalization

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The Digitalization has brought many positive things in our lifes.  Unfortunately, not all effects are positive. Suicide thoughts, attempts and plans have increased recently. From 8% in 2012 to over 13% in 2017. The increasing number for suicide thoughts are linked to 12-25 year young people. Our next generation. 

suicide and digitalization

This numbers clearly shows the connection between smartphone use and the thoughts. Both numbers are rising and therefore a presumption can be done. 

The current stage of knowledge between depression thoughts and digitalization:

  • smartphone users are prone to suicide, cyberbullying and stress. 
  • screen time and anxiety are linked to each other
  • in the US, screen time and suicide are being related and confirmed to each othe
  • Predictions: Covid will increase this numbers

All ressources are seen below. 

Suggestion on this topic:  Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


  • Age, Period, and Cohort Trends in Mood Disorder Indicators and SuicideRelated Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Dataset, 2005–2017, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, ONLINE Available :, (accessed: June 6, 2021)
  • Bastick, “Would you notice if fake news changed your behavior? An experiment on the unconscious effects of disinformation,” Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 116, p. 106633, 2021, doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2020.106633.
  • Studen and V. Tiberius, “Social Media, Quo Vadis? Prospective Development and Implications,” Future Internet, vol. 12, no. 9, p. 146, 2020, doi: 10.3390/fi12090146.
  • V. Ertemel and E. Ari, “A Marketing Approach to a Psychological Problem: Problematic Smartphone Use on Adolescents,” International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 7, 2020, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072471.
  • Balcombe and D. de Leo, “Digital Mental Health Challenges and the Horizon Ahead for Solutions,” JMIR Mental Health, vol. 8, no. 3, e26811, 2021, doi: 10.2196/26811.
  • Statista, Smartphone users 2020 | Statista. [Online]. Available: (accessed: Apr. 30 2021)

Suicide and Digitalization