Boston (ChatterShmatter) – Two studies focusing on the behaviors of teenagers and their usage of social networking sites such as Myspace have been published in the January 2009 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The studies which focused on 500 randomly selected Myspace profiles of male and female 18 year olds, show that these sites are being used to discuss sex and drugs.
The study which was done by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, initially found that 54% of the profiles contained some form of high-risk behavior.
The second wave of the study honed in on the 190 profiles showing the highest risk behaviors and had those individuals counseled by Dr. Megan Moreno from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Meg emailed the Myspace profile owners and discussed the harmful nature of this type of behavior and over the course of a few months approximately 13% of the teens revealed less sexual information and 26% showed less about drug use.