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Link between text messages and teenage sex discovered

You might think that sending a text messages or noseying on Facebook are pleasant ways for kids to pass the time, but, according to new research, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The U.S. study has found a link between excessive messaging and kids that have had sex, or used alcohol or drugs. It found that teenagers who text at least 120 times a day are nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex than their peers who don't text that much.

‘Hyper-networkers’ were not as likely to have had sex as the heavy texters, but were more likely to have been involved in other bad stuff, like drinking or fighting.

The study concludes that a significant number of teens are very easily led and also have permissive or absent parents. Dr Scott Frank, the study's lead author, said:

'If parents are monitoring their kids' texting and social networking, they're probably monitoring other activities as well.'

Other studies have also found something slyly pernicious behind the apparently innocent activity of texting. An Associated Press-MTV poll found that about one-quarter of teenagers have 'sexted' – meaning they’ve shared sexually explicit photos, videos and chat by cell phone or online.

Time to ban mobile phones, clearly.

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