It looks like Facebook, social networking site that is being used by every person that has access to the internet, may ruin the lives of a certain age group. According to a recent study, Facebook does more than just help teens connect and share with others, but also influences them to consume alcohol and do drugs.
Researchers from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that teens who use Facebook and/or other social networking sites every day are 2 times more likely to use marijuana, 3 times more likely to drink, and 5 times more likely to smoke tobacco, compared to those who do not frequent the sites as much.
The study also reveals that 70 percent of teens spend time on these sites every day; that’s 17 million 12- to 17- year-olds.
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., study author, founder and chairman of Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse claims that looking at pictures of teens getting drunk, using drugs, and passing out contributes to this risky behavior.
“Continuing to provide the electronic vehicle for transmitting such images constitutes electronic child abuse,” Califano adds.
But Facebook may not be the only cause. The study, which also looks at how television contributes to this type of behavior, found that 1/3 of teens who watch shows like Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, and Gossip Girl, are 2 times as likely to drink and do drugs.
Dr. Andres Huberman, medical director at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospitals’ project outreach in West Hempstead, N.Y., told WebMD, “They see these images and there are no moral or educational statements accompanying them, so teens may be left with the impression that this is what the real world is about and that everybody is doing it, so it is OK.”
So Lovelies, do you agree with what the study has to say?