Teen Drug Use Is on the Rise. Could TV and Twitter Be at Fault?

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According to a new report from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, teen drug use is on the rise and researchers are concerned that media like TV, video games and social networking sites may be linked to the increase of substance abuse.

The report says that drug use among teens has increased for the first time since 1998, and 75 percent of the teens who were surveyed admitted that "their friends get high at parties." But what does this have to do with Twitter? Well, the organization says that teens spend around 53 hours per week engaging in various forms of electronic media -- that means sitting in front of the TV, updating their statuses on Facebook and tweeting or texting friends.

The org says these media are distractions that give parents fewer opportunities to talk to their kids about the dangers of drugs. While there's no evidence of a direct link between IMing and drug use, the report is saying that these activities may be interfering with quality talk time, which can help deter teens from experimenting with drugs.
What do you think of the claim? Do you feel like you spend so much time online or using social networking sites that you kind of zone out on your parents? Or do feel like it has no effect on your family life? Let us know what you think in the comments. %Poll-51661%

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