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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Douglas Gentile
Teens who text 120 times a day or more _ and there seems to be a lot of them _ are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who don't send as many messages, according to provocative new research.
Let's face it: Teenagers spend hours texting, socializing on Facebook and playing video games. And it's driving their parents nuts.
"This study demonstrates that it's a legitimate question to explore," said Douglas Gentile, who runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University.
"That doesn't mean it's true for every kid, but it makes sense, that for every hour a kid is playing video games, it's an hour that they're not doing homework or reading or exploring or creating," he said.