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Study shows Social networking and teen substance abuse are related.

Social networking and teen substance abuse are correlated.Photo Credit to Chris Jackson, Getty Images

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in the U.S. found that teens who spend time on the networks are likely to see images of their peers drinking or using drugs — images that could help to convince them that substance abuse is a normal, acceptable activity.

“We’re not saying (social media) causes it,” said Joseph Califano, the center’s chairman. “But we are saying that this is a characteristic that should signal to (parents) that, well, you ought to be watching.”

The findings are in keeping with a new wave of research into how social networks might affect teen decision-making. Several studies have suggested that Facebook, Myspace and other sites have created a new form of peer pressure, exposing..READ MORE HERE