Evil Media


Sex on TV linked

to teen pregnancies

Watching lots of racy shows can affect adolescents over time

Nov. 3: A new study links teen pregnancies to the exposure to sexual content in popular TV shows. NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman discusses the findings.
The RAND Corp. study is the first of its kind to identify a link between teenagers’ exposure to sexual content on TV and teen pregnancies. The study, released Monday and published in the November edition of the journal Pediatrics, found that teens exposed to high levels of sexual content on television were twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy in the following three years as teens with limited exposure.
“Media helps shape the social script for teenagers. Most parents know that. This is just good research to confirm that,” Albert said.

The study, paid for by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, followed a 2004 study by some of the same scientists that indicated watching sexual content on TV can make teens more likely to have sex at earlier ages.

By Laura T. Coffey

TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 3:52 a.m. HT, Mon., Nov. 3, 2008

I don’t think that anyone should be blaming the media for influencing teens into have sex which results in more teenage pregnancies. When are people going to make the parents of these children responsible, or more importantly the children themselves? Why should the media be blamed for putting sexual things on TV? Its not like TV is the only place where teens see sexual things, its in movies, magazines, video games, well virtually everywhere. Besides people should have more sense than to believe anything that they see on TV as being true. In my opinion the media is not to blame. 

The full article can be found on: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/27506234






One Response to “Evil Media”

  1. elikapeka Says:

    I agree with you that the parents and the teenager themselves should be held responsible for the result of more teen pregnancies. I WOULD say that media has become one of the most powerful influences affecting teen pregnancies, but it is the parents responsibility counter that and to teach the child or teenager what is or is not appropriate/safe/logical when it comes to sex. Parents have a lot more influence than they realize.

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