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:: Thursday, August 19, 2004 ::

Crap, Dude, They're On To Us

Reuters reports that teenage girls who date older guys are more likely do to tons of bad stuff.

A study published on Thursday finds that teenage girls who associate with older boys are more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs.

The survey of 1,000 teens found that friends do influence behavior, or at least reflect behavior, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University said.

"We found a tight connection between teen sexual behavior and dating and teen risk of smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs," said CASA chairman Joseph Califano, a former U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare.

The survey, which CASA conducts every year, found that the more time a teen spends with a boyfriend or girlfriend, and the more sexually active friends a teen has, the more likely the child will smoke, drink or use illegal drugs.

And girls who date boys two or more years older are much more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.


I'm not sure how this impacts reality, though, as it's been my experience that teenage girls are naturally attracted to older guys. Having once been a dateless high skool underclassman, I was made quite painfully aware of this. I wonder what their study says about women who date younger guys, or does it happen so seldom that they weren't able to draw any meaningful conclusions from it?

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