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Insta Self-Destruction

The explosive change in suicide rates for prepubescent girls between 2010 to 2015 stymied people for years. What could have caused such an extraordinarily huge jump in suicide rates for preteen girls? Was this some sort of anomaly? A demographic blip with no explanation? No one seemed to know the answer.

That is, until Jonathan Haidt got on the case, and gave the sharply upward-trending lightning-bolt line its historical context. Now, the answer is as plain as the nose on your face – – the app itself is sitting in your smartphone right now:

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