Does the Internet Really Make Teens Smoke, Drink, and Do Drugs?

The Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield reports on whether or not social networking sites encourage substance use:

Teens who spend a lot of time on Facebook and other social networking sites are more likely to smoke, drink, or smoke weed, reports the Chicago Tribune. Wait, tagging photos might turn your teen into druggie. Hurry! Get your kids off of there. Or, wait, hold on a second, this trend story reeks of media-panic. "The Internet puts it in your head," said Dana Cichon, 16, a junior at Bartlett High School. "You think everyone else is having more fun than you." According to science, lots of things correlate with these bad habits. There may be some super-parent out there able to follow all the guidelines, but almost everything correlates with adolescent bad behaviors. Maybe teen drugs use has nothing to do with the evil Internet; they probably just like drugs.

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