Moreno
MA
, et al
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med
2009
;
163
:
27
-34
.

Adolescents frequently displayed references to health risk behaviors, including sexual activity, substance use or violence, on the social networking Web site MySpace, according to an analysis of 500 randomly selected profiles of self-reported 18-year-olds.

Research has shown that social networking sites such as MySpace are popular among adolescents. Users create a personal Web profile that can include pictures, audio and personal information. They also can communicate with each other online. While these sites offer benefits such as peer interaction, displaying personal information may attract cyberbullies and sexual predators or hurt employment opportunities.

This study aimed to determine the prevalence of risk behaviors on MySpace users’ profiles as well as factors associated with the display of risky behavior information.

Fifty-four percent of MySpace profiles referenced at least one health risk behavior, according to a...

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