Two California teenagers gave drugged milkshakes to one of the teen's parents to bypass a 10 p.m. Internet cut-off time, police say.
The teens, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old friend, volunteered to buy milkshakes for the parents. The Sacramento Bee reports the parents drank only about a quarter of the milkshakes because they tasted grainy. They fell asleep and woke up around 1 a.m., with hangover symptoms, but went back to sleep.
After waking up the next day suspecting they had been drugged, they went to the local police department in Rocklin, California, to take drug tests. The tests were positive and the teenagers were taken to Juvenile Hall. If they were adults, they would be facing possible prison time.
Gordon Richards, executive director of EMQ FamiliesFirst, a children's social services nonprofit organization, told the The Sacramento Bee that teens often fear being left out of "once-in-a-lifetime" events which they might experience on the Internet.
Past studies and surveys show teens place high value on their ability to use social media sites and the Internet. 90% of teens participate in a social network. One survey of teens showed that 18% of teens would stop communicating with their friends if social media didn't exist.
Another report showed that many teens desire to disconnect but worry they might miss something. Yet another study showed Facebook might lead to narcissism, anti-social behavior and aggressive tendencies in teens who use it. However, the same study also showed Facebook-using teens exhibit more "virtual empathy" which could translate into real life.