Monday 22 May 2017

How our teens are getting 'high' online - as they ditch the booze and cigarettes

New research is being set up to look into whether a drop in drug and alcohol use among teenagers could be explained by the addictive nature of smartphones and their stimulating effect on the brain. Stock photo
New research is being set up to look into whether a drop in drug and alcohol use among teenagers could be explained by the addictive nature of smartphones and their stimulating effect on the brain. Stock photo
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Are smartphones taking the place of cigarettes and alcohol in the lives of teenagers?

New research is being set up to look into whether a drop in drug and alcohol use among teenagers could be explained by the addictive nature of smartphones and their stimulating effect on the brain.

A whopping 96pc of Irish 15 to 35-year-olds own a smartphone and 90pc admit to checking their phone the minute they wake up, 87pc check their phones while on public transport and 84pc while watching TV.

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