The study, which was conducted at Queen’s University in Canada, has found that young adults who racked up the most hours spent logged onto their computers were 50 per cent more likely to be involved in six ‘multi-risk behaviours’.
The behaviours included having unprotected sex, not wearing a seat belt, cannabis and illegal drug use, smoking and drunkenness.
Study author Valerie Carson commented that the research is based upon the social cognitive theory, which suggests that seeing people engage in risky behaviour is actually a way of learning it.
‘Since adolescents are exposed to considerable screen time – over 4.5 hours on average each day – they’re constantly seeing images of behaviours they can then potentially adopt.’ She said.
Carson believes that one of the...