New Study Shows too Much Texting Linked to Health Risks

A new study links poor health behaviors such as smoking and drinking to hypertexting and hypernetworking -- activities defined by the study as sending more than 120 text messages per school day, or spending more than three hours per school day on social network sites, respectively.

Nearly 20 percent of the teens surveyed were hypertexters. According to the study, they were twice as likely to have tried alcohol and over 40 percent more likely to have used illicit drugs or gone binge drinking.

According to CNN:

“Hypernetworking was less pervasive, at 11.5 percent, but still associated with a similar list of maladies, the study found ... [R]esearchers say the results of the study are so striking that they are giving rise to a new health risk category for the age group.”

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