Facebook Accused of Leading to Drug AbuseAdded: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
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Some study conducted in the United States claimed that teenagers using social networking services like Facebook are more at risk of switching to hard drugs.
In its recent attempt to blame a social ill on a fashionable trend, the National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University announced that the time teens spend communicating on social networks increased the risk of them drinking, smoking, and using drugs.
The report in question said that 70% of teenagers, which is about 17 million people, spend part of their free time (from a minute to hours) on social networking services like Facebook, Myspace and so on. The matter is that social-network-savvy teenagers are 5 times more likely to smoke tobacco, 3 times more likely to use booze and twice more likely to smoke marijuana than kids that don’t spend a minute on social networking services. Surprisingly enough, it appeared that the war on drugs must include Facebook.
The researchers claimed that the results of their poll were profoundly troubling: social networks somehow put teenagers at sharply increased risk of substance abuse. However, the critics believe that the study itself was completely bogus: the researchers have only interviewed about 1,000 teens and 500 parents. According to their results, half of kids involved into social networking have seen there the pictures of teens drunk, passed out, or using drugs. Meanwhile, it is not clear how this fact can make the teens to immediately pop around to the shops to look for some drugs. On the contrary, only 14% of kids who reported never spending time on social networking sites admitted they have ever seen pictures of drunk or drug-using teens online.
At the same time, the researchers made an interesting claim, saying that teenagers who had seen such pictures were 4 times likelier to get marijuana, 3 times likelier to get prescription drugs without a prescription, and twice likelier to get alcohol. And again it is not explained how that works. People watching the news can also see pictures of drug people, but this can hardly mean they are 5 times more likely to use drugs.
In fact, it is not about social networking sites, but rather about banning pictures of drunk or stoned people on the Internet. Still, the accusations against Facebook seem unfounded at the very least.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
|lol Same come on hows it unfounded it a place that increase peer pressure|
|whahahahah good one Only they can think of something like that . now everthing is harddrugs lol im on marijuana before FACEBOOK and never thought/crossed my mind ill will go to other drugs because of facebook omg thats TOTAL nonsens . the thing i dont get is how can they releate 1 with the other.|
Btw ty for the post
|I seen kids on facebook doing things like drinking and etc. but i never thought well sense they are doing it why dont i join them. I usually say wow they are stupid for doing it and go about my day. I dont see a reason to do drugs.drink or anything like that when i usually get mad or something I turn on my Xbox 360 and start playing for a couple of hours to get the idea out of my head. so their study is biased i am pretty sure that they only asked a couple of kids who looked like "good" test subjects for this study.|
|posted by (2011-09-07 02:13:50)|
|I don't know many kids who don't use Facebook. Then again, know that i think of it... i don't know many kids who don't use drugs. hmmm coincidence?|
|posted by (2011-09-07 03:46:36)|
|imo it should be the other way around: teens who used drugs/tobacco/drinking are more likely to use social network services than teens who don't, cos they are more sociable! lol|
|no surprise there|
|@bigcow2k - I liked your perspective on this..... I don't drink or use tobacco. Hmmmm, I don't use Facebook either. Can you guess what I've been smokin daily since 1965 though??|
|posted by (2011-09-07 07:40:37)|
|What I find profoundly troubling is the fact that the government (more than likely) has paid these researchers good money (my tax paying dollars) to dig up what can only be called "manipulated data", and then present it as scientific fact. I have never done illegal drugs, I do not smoke anything, and barely consume alcohol. But I am on Facebook at least four times a day. How else do you keep up with your friends and kids when you live miles apart and are really busy? Facebook is a social phenomenon and is here to stay until we all get sick of it and move onto the next best thing. These "head in the sand" researchers need to learn to adapt or go the way of the dodo! Denegrating Facebook at every turn has become ho hum - Change your voice or die!|
|posted by (2011-09-07 10:53:50)|
|LOL,give me a break.Surely none of you are buying into this kind of bs as I assume you all enjoy your internet freedom.KazzGirl makes a good point.This is exactly the kind of crap the government is gonna start cramming down our throats in an attempt to take those freedoms away.|
|posted by (2011-09-07 11:36:32)|
|FB is bad end of storie ppl whoo use FB try take FB away from them for liek a day or or even a week they start acting like drug addict thats a prowen fact|
|I dont think its fair to associate drug use and alcohol use to facebook,Facebook does its best to block innapropriate pictures,You see pictures of teens with a picture of them at a party and there friends post it to there page, ok But I use facebook and ,I dont do drugs,but I am 40 years old and know better, facebook is getting tarnished with the news and all types of idiots. It is not safe anymore, but,here are always a bad apple.|
|lol facebook is CIA as it is so come on you lot|
|I didn't need Facebook to get into hard drugs 17 years ago. All it took for me was a group of friends one street over to take me in when my parents kicked me out.|
|posted by (2011-09-07 17:06:22)|
|ofc not FB where not there 17 years ago looool|
|another mindless 'blame anything but the issue' approach.. plenty of ppl don't get into drugs and are exposed to the same networks/images. there were opium dens long before there were hippies oO|
|posted by (2011-09-08 11:46:42)|
|FB should be remove i lsot count on how manny stupid try thsi will kill stuff there is on FB remove the say thing its not a blame its a fact they did a study of 1000 ppl or where it 10000 i cant remember|
|thats just crazy!!!||
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