Phoebe Gariepy, a 17-year-old in Arundel, Maine, describes following on Instagram a girl in Los Angeles whom she'd never met because she liked the photos she posted. Phoebe later heard she'd been kidnapped and was found on the side of a road, dead."I started bawling, and I didn't even know this girl," says Phoebe.

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"I felt really extremely connected to that situation even though it was in L.

A."That hyperconnectedness now extends everywhere, engulfing even rural teens in a national thicket of Internet drama.

Daniel Champer, the director of school-based services for Intermountain in Helena, Mont., says the one word he'd use to describe the kids in his state is overexposed.

Montana's kids may be in a big, sparsely populated state, but they are not isolated anymore.

In my dozens of conversations with teens, parents, clinicians and school counselors across the country, there was a pervasive sense that being a teenager today is a draining full-time job that includes doing schoolwork, managing a social-media identity and fretting about career, climate change, sexism, racism--you name it.

Every fight or slight is documented online for hours or days after the incident.It would be three years before Faith-Ann, now 20 and a film student in Los Angeles, told her parents about the depth of her distress.She hid the marks on her torso and arms, and hid the sadness she couldn't explain and didn't feel was justified. She loved her parents and knew they'd be supportive if she asked for help.It's hard for many adults to understand how much of teenagers' emotional life is lived within the small screens on their phones, but a CNN special report in 2015 conducted with researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Texas at Dallas examined the social-media use of more than 200 13-year-olds.Their analysis found that "there is no firm line between their real and online worlds," according to the researchers.I hadn't learned any other way."The pain of the superficial wound was a momentary escape from the anxiety she was fighting constantly, about grades, about her future, about relationships, about everything. Sometimes she'd throw up, other times she'd stay home.