Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Teens and the Dangers of Social Media

A recent study published by Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported that teens who regularly accessed social profiling networks such as Facebook and Myspace were twice as likely to succumb to recreational drugs, twice as likely to consume alcohol and to smoke marijuana, and five times likelier to use tobacco after having being exposed to it via pictures, comments and blogs on popular social networking websites.

Furthermore, the study revealed that 40% of the teenagers had seen images or read blogs on other teens getting drunk or using tobacco, and roughly 70% of them reported logging on to a social networking websites on a daily basis.

Joseph Califano, former U.S Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, also founder of Columbia University’s National center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), strongly believes that "The relationship of social networking site images of kids drunk, passed out, or using drugs and of suggestive teen programming to increased teen risk of substance abuse offers grotesque confirmation of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words."

Califano also believes that it is time for website administrators and all others whom benefit from these websites take responsibility and “deploy their technological expertise to curb such images and to deny use of their sites to children and teens who post pictures of themselves and their friends drunk, passed out or using drugs".

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