Study: Teens on social networking sites more likely to use drugs

Using social networking web sites like Facebook and MySpace have connected people from all over the world. However, a new study claims that teenagers who regularly uses these sites are more at risk to use drugs along with smoking and drinking. The study comes from the The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. In a press release today, the organization said it asked a group of 12 to 17 year olds questions about social networking sites in its 16th annual survey on substance abuse.

The study showed that a whopping 70 percent of the teenagers who were surveyed spent time on social networking sites. The organization claims that those teenagers are five times as likely to use tobacco, three times more likely to drink alcohol and twice as likely to use marijuana compared to those who don't use social networking sites. Also, the study claims teenagers who have seen pictures on sites like Facebook showing other kids getting drunk or using drugs are many times more likely to use drugs or drink.

According to Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the founder of the organization,

"The time has come for those who operate and profit from social networking sites like Facebook to 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. Continuing to provide the electronic vehicle for transmitting such images constitutes electronic child abuse."

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They must of study a bad batch, Im on Twitter, Facebook,Linkedin & Google+, i haven't had the thought "right now im joined up to these, lets try joining the druggies and get connected"

I seem to remember using drugs long before I ever used social networking sites. This study is somewhat lacking.

People who are peer pressured into signing up to facebook are also more likely to be peer pressured into other activities.

I'm sure they'll find links to teen pregnancy and other questionable things from whic we want to protect our youth.

According to recent studys I'm a drug addicted binge drinking teenager.

How many people did they survey and from what demographics?

Almost all normal teens are those who are on social networks, the rest are the not normal, they don't use social networks either because they are super genius and think they shouldn't waste their time with facebook, so its very unlikely they will take drugs, or they are anti-social retarded, who won't have a chance to get drugs from anybody, because they simply know nobody !

What this study says in other words: genius freak nerd geeks or retards are less likely to take drugs than the rest of the perfectly well socialized society !

So TRUE...I was on MySpace, and start using drugs and alcohol. Now Im on Facebook, I continue to use drugs and alcohol. Pretty soon I'll be using Google+, and I will continue to use drugs and alcohol. [/s]

If facebook causes kids to do drugs, what does the TV do.. and movies.. and how about what they hear in school from their peers, and better yet at home. Its a crazy world and there are many many more things to blame than facebook, but why blame when theres nothing we can really do, especially here in America. *shakes head in disappointment* Shoot, if you want to get into it, how about the sex thats exploited through those medians as well, lol.. its rather f'd up.

is this based versus the number of people ONLINE that don't go on social networking sites, if so then it's probably true since the majority of people ONLINE who don't use social networking aren't social... and probably don't have many friends, and since many drugs are used socially then.... well go figure....it's not a bad statement, we can't all be boring tee total antisocial loners

This is a ridiculous statement to make. I openly do everything stated and use social networking sites but within the same context I know many more people who are completely clean of any intoxicating subtance/s who use social networking sites. The The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have got far too much time on there hands for pointless academic studies. Meh.

PurpleHaze420 said,
This is a ridiculous statement to make. I openly do everything stated and use social networking sites but within the same context I know many more people who are completely clean of any intoxicating subtance/s who use social networking sites. The The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have got far too much time on there hands for pointless academic studies. Meh.

Hence the 70/30 split.

Just let it go the study is obviously correct and theres no need to take offense, it is what it is.

"However, a new study claims that teenagers who regularly uses these sites are more at risk to use drugs along with smoking and drinking."

Hate when reporters and governments say it like this... Alcohol is a drug... no if ands or buts... so you could report that, Going to the pub increases your chance of taking drugs, going out with friends increases your chance of doing drugs.... its pathetic. We know drugs exist, you either choose to do them or not, whether it be Coke/Weed/Alcohol or even lighting a cigarette your still doing drugs, so these "studies" are merit less.

SickDave said,
"However, a new study claims that teenagers who regularly uses these sites are more at risk to use drugs along with smoking and drinking."

Hate when reporters and governments say it like this... Alcohol is a drug... no if ands or buts... so you could report that, Going to the pub increases your chance of taking drugs, going out with friends increases your chance of doing drugs.... its pathetic. We know drugs exist, you either choose to do them or not, whether it be Coke/Weed/Alcohol or even lighting a cigarette your still doing drugs, so these "studies" are merit less.

I might have misunderstood you, but did you say alcohol is not a drug?

Alcohol is a drug.

So basically if you're a loser with no friends you are less likely to use drugs. That sounds about right. But seriously, this study is kind of ridiculous. Of course the more interaction you have with people the more likely you are to take on their habits and practices. It's not like theres been any shortage of teens drinking and using drugs.

Exactly. All this study really shows is that kids with more prolific social lives are more likely to experiment with their friends. Nothing new or exciting here.

This just in: Study finds that teens who leave the house are more likely to see squirrels than those who don't.

ShareShiz said,
pure win. another reason why facebook is lame

haters gonna hate


Facebook doesn't encourage these people to use drugs, so it is not "another reason why Facebook is lame." Facebook isn't lame.

PurpleHaze420 said,

Your an idiot, accept it.

The irony in this post... first it's you're... and the 420 in your name makes it even better.