Texting is linked to an assortment of risks: study

Teens who text found to smoke, abuse alcohol at higher rates


High school students who spend the most time texting, using social networking sites, or both, are at highest risk for troublesome behaviours, like smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, absenteeism, eating disorders and depression, the New York Times reports. In a new study, researchers from Case Western Reserve University surveyed more than 4,000 students at 20 urban high schools in Ohio. About one-fifth sent at least 120 texts a day, and one-tenth were on social networks for three hours or more. Four per cent did both, and they were at twice the risk of nonusers for fighting, smoking, binge drinking, missing school, sleeping in class, thinking about suicide, and becoming cyber victims. Those who used texts and social networks most frequently also listed their parents as most permissive.

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Texting is linked to an assortment of risks: study

  1. This really doesn't mean anything, it just means that teenagers do all of these things frequently.

  2. Back in my day and age they said that girls that chewed gum were more than likely to participate in this type of behaviour than girls who didn't….

  3. I think the link might be impulsivity. Impulsive people with poor self control would be more likely to send more texts as well as engage in other excessive behaviours.

  4. er… aren't these all just social activities. if you don't have any friends you have noone to text, noone to drink with, and no pressure to smoke.