Aug 27, 2011

Facebook Is Turning Your Kids Into Drunken Stoners
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Consider this a follow-up piece to my previous warning that Facebook is turning your children into narcissistic idiots.   Is social media to blame or has it just become the convenient scapegoat? Let us know what you think. In a perplexing find, the study also said that young adults who spend a lot of time on social media sites are better at showing empathy to their online friends. Now, a new survey is linking social media use to an increase in drug and alcohol use in teens. The 16th annual “back to school” survey performed by the The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) asked around 2000 teens and 500 parents about their drug and alcohol use as well as their social media use. Out of the survey population, 70% said that they spend time on a social networking site every day. According to CASA, these teens are much more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana than the 30% who reported no social media use.
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  • As a parent with children on and off social media, I think this is a matter of looking in a fishbowl. Children with blunted social skills are more like to use drugs and alcohol. They are also less likely to have extra-curricular activities, which leads to more time to waste on social media. This looks more like cherry-picking the participants than anything else. I vote scapegoat.


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