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Study finds that text message-addicted teens more likely to have a life

Aaron Souppouris, @AaronIsSocial
November 10, 2010
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According to a recent study lead by Dr. Scott Frank, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, kids in Cleveland who text over 120 times a day are more likely to have had sex or to have used drugs or alcohol than kids who don't send as many messages. We're guessing it's because it takes in excess of 120 text messages for kids to line up their drugs, alcohol, or sex partners. To explain the findings, Frank puts it this way: "If parents are monitoring their kids' texting and social networking, they're probably monitoring other activities as well." The study, based on a survey of 4,200 students, is one of the first to look at the correlation between texting and risky behavior in teenagers.

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