A new study finds that “hyper texting” among teenagers can lead to alcohol and drug use and sexual activity. The study finds that many teenagers succumb to peer pressure and have permissive or absent parents.
“If parents are monitoring their kids’ texting and social networking, they’re probably monitoring other activities as well,” said Dr. Scott Frank, the lead author of the study and an associate professor at Case Western University School of Medicine.
The study was conducted at 20 public high schools in Cleveland with the participation of more than 4,200 students. The study is one of the first to examine whether texting and social networking are connected to risky behaviors like sex, drug and alcohol use.