Social media’s impact on teen drug use


Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have, combined with the power of cameras on every cell phone, have began to capture every since facet of life these days. People know who was what which party, what they had for dinner, where they have been, who is in a relationship with who… almost everything.

Spawning Issues

One issue that has started to come about within social media is teens who show themselves drinking or using drugs, and thus inspiring other teens within the same circles to likewise use drugs and alcohol. They feel social pressure from what looks like the other person having a good time and feel left out, like they are not a part of something that is popular.

Studies have been done on this situation wherein teens were interviewed on this and were asked if they felt that they had been pressured into using drugs and alcohol. A staggering 75% said that they had in fact been pressured to do so under those circumstances, i.e. seeing someone else they know using drugs or alcohol over a social media site and wanting to do it themselves.

It seems to be difficult for teens to get away from it, what with everyone using social networking sites these days. The more teens post about their usage online, the more people get affected by it and the more their peers want to join in on the situation. The more the information about this problem is spread around, the more teens will become aware of the fact that what they are doing and what they are viewing is having more and more of a negative effect on them. Read more how Social Media’s Impact On Teen Drug Use