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Your Health 10-30-12: Sex, smart phones and teens

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Parents of teens with smart phones may find this news disturbing.

According to new research finds that teens with smart phones are more likely to have sex and meet others online for sex than teens without Internet access on their phones.

according to a new study.

However, researchers say it's not clear if the smart phone actually influences teenagers' sexual activity.

At least one critic of the research called it weak.

Still, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles says he believes the smart phone is "one of the tools that risk-taking teens are going to use to take risks." And he thinks there's "definitely a connection" between having the phones and having sex.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,800 high school students ages 12 to 18 from Los Angeles public schools.

Many were from middle- and low-income families.#

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