FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct., 2011 -- Columbia University’s Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse (CASA) recently published a study that
showed a positive correlation between drug use and the heavy
use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
In their study, 70% of children aged 12 to 17 who reported
to have participated in some type of risky behavior such as
using alcohol and/or drugs, also reported using social networking
websites such as Facebook and MySpace on a regular basis.
Furthermore, according to CASA, teens who reported using social
media were five times likelier to use tobacco, three times
likelier to drink alcohol and twice as likely to try marijuana.
While the use of networking websites doesn’t necessarily
indicate a cause and effect relationship between the two,
it is crucial that parents monitor their child’s computer
activity and openly discuss the consequences of drugs, alcohol,
tobacco and other substances or activities teens may feel
tempted to engage in due to peer pressure and exposure.
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