Texting 120 SMS's daily likelier to indulge in sex

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 12:58 PM IST

London: A research has found that teenagers who send more than 120 text messages a day are more likely to indulge in sex, drugs and alcohol.

Excessive texting among teens – dubbed ‘hyper-texting’ and defined as sending more than 120 messages per school day – is linked to a higher occurrence of smoking, drinking, fighting and sexual relationships.

Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio found that compared to non-heavy texters, hyper-texting teens were 40 per cent more likely to have tried cigarettes and 94 per cent more likely to have been in a fight, the research showed.

While researchers say they aren``t suggesting that ``hyper-texting`` leads to sex, drinking or drugs, the study concludes that a significant number of teens are very susceptible to peer pressure and also have permissive or absent parents, said Dr Scott Frank, the study``s lead author.

“If parents are monitoring their kids`` texting and soial networking, they``re probably monitoring other activities as well,” the Daily Mail quoted Frank as saying.

The study found those who text at least 120 times a day are nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex than their peers who don``t text that much.

Frank presented the study at a meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver.