According to a recent study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, researchers found that teenagers with “pathologic” Internet use were more likely to admit to drug abuse. The study also revealed a link between substance abuse and excessive internet use to personal traits such as aggressiveness, nonconformity, and impulsiveness.
“Not only did we find that specific personality attributes were important in both substance abuse and Internet addiction, but that Internet addiction remained an important predictor of substance abuse,” study co-author Georgios Floros, at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The study surveyed over 1,200 students between the ages of 14 and 19 about their Internet use, personality, and substance abuse. Researchers found, when comparing the mean values of illicit substance abuse among teenage participants, that those reported substance abuse had “significantly” higher mean scores on the Internet addiction test.
While correlation does not equate to causation, Connecticut psychologist and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction David Green says “you do need to be aware of what your child is doing online and how much they’re doing it.”
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