Hyper-Texting Linked To Sex, Drugs And Alcohol Abuse In Teens

A recent study undertaken by the American Public Health Association has revealed that teens who text excessively are more likely to smoke, drink, take drugs and have sex with multiple partners.

The research, which surveyed over 4,000 high school students in the US, found that 19.8 per cent of teens indulged in hyper-texting, sending more than 120 messages per day.

The study also found hyper-texters to be 40 per cent more likely to try smoking, 43 per cent more likely to binge-drink, 41 per cent more likely to use drugs and 90 per cent more likely to indulge in sexual activity with four or more partners.

The 11.5 per cent of hyper-networking teens were found to be 62 per cent more likely to smoke, 79 per cent more likely to try alcohol, 69 per cent more likely to binge-drink, 84 per cent more likely to use drugs, 69 per cent likely to be having sex and 60 per cent more likely to have more than four sexual partners.

Leading researcher Scott Frank said that if these activities are left unchecked, it will dangerously affect the physical and mental health of the teenagers.