New Health Research Reveals How Texting And Social Networking May Be Possibly Linked To Health Risks

Modern technology can be wonderful. It has never been easier to stay in touch and communicate with friends and family. With texting and social networking, anyone can communicate messages, pictures, internet links and videos within seconds.

However, there may be a downside to all this social networking. According to a November 10, 2010 CNN article, A new study by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine links poor health behaviors that may include smoking, drinking and sexual activity. This can lead to hyper texting and hyper networking in teenagers.

The article defines “hyper texting” as sending more than 120 texts per school day, and “hyper networking” as spending more than 3 hours per school day on social networking sites (like Facebook). According to the article, the study found nearly 20% of Midwestern teens surveyed were “hyper texters.”

“Hyper texter” teens are:
* 2 times more likely to have tried alcohol.
* Nearly 3.5 times more likely to have had sex.
* 40 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes.
* 41 percent more likely to have used illicit drugs.
* 43 percent more likely to be binge drinkers.
* 55 percent more likely to have been in a physical fight.
* 90 percent more likely to report four or more sexual partners.

The article also stated 11.5% Midwestern teens are “hyper networkers.” They are:
* 60 percent more likely to report four or more sexual partners.
* 69 percent more likely to be binge drinkers.
* 69 percent more likely to have had sex.
* 79 percent more likely to have tried alcohol.
* 84 percent more likely to have used illicit drugs.
* 94 percent more likely to have been in a physical fight.
* 62 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes.

There are some important notes that were mentioned by the author of the study: It mentioned that they are not saying texting causes these behaviors. It is recognized that these kinds of connections may be facilitating or enabling these kinds of behaviors, but they certainly can’t think of the online connections as causing them.

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