Sex, drugs more common in hyper-texting teens

After yesterday’s study showing that texting after bedtime can make teens even moodier, another survey today showing that teens who text 120 times a day or more – and there seems to be a lot of them – are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who don’t send as many messages, according to provocative new research.

The study concludes that a significant number of teens are very susceptible to peer pressure and also have permissive or absent parents, said Dr. Scott Frank, the study’s lead author. “If parents are monitoring their kids’ texting and social networking, they’re probably monitoring other activities as well,” said Frank, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

More evidence that parents need to be proactive and monitor both the access and use of mobile phones by their children.