Study: Young Americans posting high, regretting later

Libby Cohen
August 06, 2019 - 11:33 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A new study conducted by NYU College of Global Public Health discovered more young adults are regretting their social media posts while under the influence. 

“Risky social media posts, including those showing people high on drugs, have the potential to cause embarrassment, stress, and conflict for users and those in their social networks,” said study lead author and associate professor Dr. Joseph Palamar.

As marijuana increases its' legality across the country, new factors and consequences like social media regret are being explored.

“It can also have adverse implications for one’s career, since the majority of employers now use social media platforms to screen job candidates and may search for evidence of substance use,” Palamar added. 

The study surveyed 872 adults entering electronic music parties around New York City who have also reported to have or currently use drugs. The survey shows at least one in five participants felt regret after actively posting on social media while high. More than half were photographed while getting high and the survey says most felt guilt after the photo was posted. Specifically, 34 percent of participants have posted while high then 21 percent regretted the post afterwards.

Demographically, women and younger adults are more likely to feel shame post-high posting while African American participants were the least likely to partake in this behavior in the first place. 

Although marijuana users were found to be the most susceptible to social media regret, cocaine users followed behind.

Remember, the high might last a few hours, but the internet is forever. 

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