(Denver, CO) — A new study indicates that teens who text incessantly are three-and-a-half times more likely to have sex. And researchers found the connection between “hyper-texting”
— texting more than 120 times each school day — and dangerous behavior was not confined to just sexual activity. Teens who are hyper-texters were also found to be more likely to smoke cigarettes, try alcohol, be binge drinkers, use illicit drugs, get into physical fights and have multiple sexual partners. Hyper-networkers — teens who spent three or more hours per school day on social networking sites — had similar tendencies toward destructive or adult behavior. Lead researcher Scott Frank of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, said the study was a wake-up call for parents to discourage, quote, “excessive use of the cell phone or social websites in general.” The research is being presented today at a conference of the American Public Health Association in Denver, Colorado.
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