Taylor M. Beebe, Luke M. Panek


Presentation: 9:00-10:15, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Today, digital screens have become an integral part of adolescents' lives more than ever. This unprecedented exposure to screens has raised concern over the impact on adolescents' development and well-being. Using the YRBS database, this case study delves into the relationship between screen time and adolescent substance use. Our study utilized the results from an extensive 2021 survey completed by high school students to observe how screen time can affect teens' likelihood to use drugs. We expected the more screen time a student had, the more likely they were to abuse drugs. However, it was found that students who have more screen time were less likely to abuse drugs, and vice versa. From our sample, we noticed there was a low number of drug experimentation among students and more than three hours of screen time daily for a student was uncommon which implies that there is a negative correlation between screen time and drug use. Additionally, it was observed that females were more likely to experiment with drugs compared to males. While drug usage seems to be more normalized among adolescents, our study examines whether digital devices and screen time is an influencing factor or not.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark A. Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

The Influence of Screen Time on Drug Abuse in Adolescents