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.
Consistent and substantial evidence exists that supports the relationship between substance abuse and criminal behaviors in youth. Youthful offenders demonstrate elevated rates of substance abuse in comparison to non-offending youth.  Substance abuse often increases recidivism and reflects a d…
What Teens Get About the Internet That Parents Don't The Atlantic Other research shows that wealthy teens suffer higher rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than teens in other socioeconomic groups.
More than one-third of adolescents aged 12-17 have used alcohol or drugs in the past year, with adolescents of Native American, white, Hispanic, and multiple race/ethnic backgrounds most at risk for substance use and substance-related disorders,...
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