- Texting causes health risks for teens (Chicago Tribune)
- Too much texting increases health risks in teens (WebMD)
- Teen texting leads to poor health (ABC News 4, Charleston SC)
- Bad behavior associated with texting too much (WLBT-TV)
- Texting causes drinking.
- Drinking causes texting.
- Some other thing (lack of parental supervision, maybe?) causes both drinking and texting.
"When left unchecked, texting and other widely popular methods of staying connected can have dangerous health effects on teenagers."The medical school where the study was conducted is also encouraging this unsupported conclusion. The link to this study from the Case Western School of Medicine home page currently reads "Hyper-texting and Hyper-Networking Pose New Health Risks for Teens."Frank's promotion of a conclusion his own data does not support prompted an unusually direct rebuke from John Grohol, the CEO of PsychCentral, whose own site had reported on the study earlier. Grohol wrote that Frank's conclusions about texting having negative health effects are (emphasis Grohol's)
all pure crap. You could just as easily write the following headlines:Teens Who Smoke, Drink Also Text a LotI'm with Grohol on this. For Frank to say that texting can have negative health effects is, as Grohol put it, "sloppy at best, and unethical at worst." Frank is promoting a conclusion his study simply does not support. And some media outlets appear to be all too happy to run a story confirming parents' worst fears about teenagers and technology, even when the story and the data do not match.===In deference to my journalist friends, it must be noted that the examples of poor media coverage above are far outweighed, in both quantity and quality, by the many stories covering this study that ignored Frank's quotes and reported his results accurately. Search "teenagers texting drinking" on Google's news site and you will find far more headlines using phrases like "linked to" or "associated with" than you will find "causes." Kudos to those writers (of both the stories and the headlines, since they are often not the same person) who understand the difference.
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Teens Who Enjoy Sex Like to Text Too!Scott Frank, MD, MS should be ashamed of himself.