Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Social media pics affect risky behaviour

Health 24, September 3, 2013

"Teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook and Myspace are more likely to smoke and drink themselves, according to a new study from the University of Southern California (USC).
'Our study shows that adolescents can be influenced by their friends' online pictures to smoke or drink alcohol,' said Thomas W. Valente, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the study's principal investigator. 'To our knowledge, this is the first study to apply social network analysis methods to examine how teenagers' activities on online social networking sites influence their smoking and alcohol use.'" Read More

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