"Hyper-texting" teens more likely to drink, have sex, US study finds

November 10, 2010

Teenagers who text 120 times or more a day are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who do not send as many messages, according to new research from Ohio's Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The study, conducted at 20 public high schools in the Cleveland area, found that about one in 5 students were hyper-texters and about one in 9 were hyper-networkers, those who spend 3 or more hours a day on social networking sites. Compared to heavy texters, the hyper-networkers were not as likely to have had sex, but more likely to have been involved in other risky behaviours, such as drinking and fighting. Associated Press | Postmedia News