Teen pregnancies tied to tastes for s...

Teen pregnancies tied to tastes for sexy TV shows

There are 253 comments on the www.keprtv.com story from Nov 3, 2008, titled Teen pregnancies tied to tastes for sexy TV shows. In it, www.keprtv.com reports that:

Groundbreaking research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior than among those who have tamer viewing tastes.

The new study is the first to link those viewing habits with teen pregnancy, said lead author Anita Chandra, a Rand Corp. behavioral scientist. Teens who watched the raciest shows were twice as likely to become pregnant over the next three years as those who watched few such programs.

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A1ACharles - The Best

West Palm Beach, FL

#1 Nov 3, 2008
That suggests that TV tells you what to think, how to dress, how to vote, how to goosestep, etc.

“Your Approval is Not Needed!”

Since: Oct 08

Salisbury, MD

#2 Nov 3, 2008
A1ACharles - The Best wrote:
That suggests that TV tells you what to think, how to dress, how to vote, how to goosestep, etc.
I think that the study is bogus. Teens who are already pregnant are more than likely to watch more TV because they are home and cannot hang out with their friends that same way and are tired. Those teens that do watch a lot of tv suggests that they have nothing better to do. To say that teens who watch the raciest of tv shows suggests that they are more influenced by tv than their own environments which I'm sure has more of an effect on teenage conduct. Not to say that it all comes from that. Teens are more influenced nowadays by their social environment, peer pressure, and the open sexuality that is being expressed amongst mainstream America. Many are just rebellious, and having sex is the big no no between teen girls and their parents.
bacon

United States

#3 Nov 3, 2008
it doesn't?
parent

San Mateo, CA

#4 Nov 3, 2008
Thanks liberal hollywood. scumbags.

“Understand people,”

Since: Mar 08

do you.

#5 Nov 3, 2008
Njoyabl1 Shy wrote:
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I think that the study is bogus. Teens who are already pregnant are more than likely to watch more TV because they are home and cannot hang out with their friends that same way and are tired. Those teens that do watch a lot of tv suggests that they have nothing better to do. To say that teens who watch the raciest of tv shows suggests that they are more influenced by tv than their own environments which I'm sure has more of an effect on teenage conduct. Not to say that it all comes from that. Teens are more influenced nowadays by their social environment, peer pressure, and the open sexuality that is being expressed amongst mainstream America. Many are just rebellious, and having sex is the big no no between teen girls and their parents.
Correct.
I doubt Sarah Jessica Parker is a big influential role model to a teen girl. If she is, she's highly gullible.
Instead, it's Sarah Jessica Pressure from boyfriends and curiosity.
JACK

Ormond Beach, FL

#6 Nov 3, 2008
I wonder what teenage pregnancy was blamed on before t.v.,naughty books?This really to me is ignorant to blame a tv show obviously they aren't watching t.v. they are having sex.After the baby comes t.v. watching is last on the list to do for a teenage mom or any new mom.

“I'm not your friend, buddy.”

Since: Apr 08

Amarillo, TX

#7 Nov 3, 2008
They should also show the link between sitcom followings at intelligence.
Obama 08

Kahuku, HI

#8 Nov 3, 2008
Teen pregnancy hit its highest peak in the United States in 1959. There were no sexy TV shows then, so what's their excuse?
Obama 08

Kahuku, HI

#9 Nov 3, 2008
parent wrote:
Thanks liberal hollywood. scumbags.
Anything to keep from having to take responsibility for your own kids, right?

Since: Sep 08

United States

#10 Nov 3, 2008
Wow. TV blamed for teen pregnancy too. Like violence and drug use weren't enough. So who controls what television programs the kids watch? Unless I am the only one in America without a TV that comes on by itself. Don't they have that new fangled thing called parental control on the TV's as well as the computer? People watch what they are into. so if you are a very religious person you are more likeley to watch 7th Heaven or shows along those lines. If you like the big city single life, then you like Sex in the City and shows along those lines. The TV still cannot force you to watch a particular show. That is up to the individual. They are just trying to blame something else on TV.

“F1”

Since: Jul 08

Roswell, GA

#11 Nov 3, 2008
I think the problem is a combination of what young people now a days consider "role models". Between music influences, movies, tv, fashion, friends and lifestyle.. almost everything is about sex and drugs. Granted I enjoy it all myself, but I have priorities I didn't have when i was around 16, 17 years old..

“Thirst for knowledge”

Since: Sep 08

Asheboro

#12 Nov 3, 2008
Maybe thats why my life is about nothing! Too much Seinfeld?

Since: Sep 08

United States

#13 Nov 3, 2008
Obama 08 wrote:
Teen pregnancy hit its highest peak in the United States in 1959. There were no sexy TV shows then, so what's their excuse?
The government asked them to breed. To make up for the losses of the war, and to help with the industry at the time. The American people were told by their government, more or less, that it was their American duty to reproduce. Unfortunately the government took for granted that these people would get married before having all these babies.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#14 Nov 3, 2008
Obama 08 wrote:
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Anything to keep from having to take responsibility for your own kids, right?
I wonder who Sarah Palin blames for her kids' pregnancy. TV shows? Lack of parental supervision? Lack of moral teaching? A blessing from God?? Any thoughts ?????

“Really? Really?”

Since: Apr 08

G'View

#15 Nov 3, 2008
What I find interesting is that the way the article is written makes one believe that this is an open and shut case and that we've found the culprit. But if one reads the whole article, it's mentioned that the study doesn't make any adjustments or concessions for other factors, such as such as self-esteem, family values and income. It's rarely ever just as simple as this study makes things out to be.

And let us remember, correlation does not equal causation. Say that this study is true and most kids who are involved in teen pregnancy watch shows with a heavy influx of sex or sexual activity. Does this mean that the shows with sex influence a teen's behavior? Or does it mean that the teens who are at the highest risk of this behavior are naturally drawn to shows with this type of subject matter?
Goode Goode

Las Vegas, NV

#17 Nov 3, 2008
What was teen pregnancy attributed too before racy TV...?
WAKE UP BRAINWASHED FQQLZ

Jerseyville, IL

#18 Nov 3, 2008
parent wrote:
Thanks liberal hollywood. scumbags.
That's right just like Sarah "Scumbag" Palin!
Andy

United States

#19 Nov 3, 2008
This is considered "groundbreaking" research?

The dumbing down of America goes on and on...

“Where the beer flows like wine”

Since: Jun 08

Bizarro World

#20 Nov 3, 2008
Blame everything on anything else other than the individual or parental influence (or LACK THEREOF). What a crock of groundbreaking shit.
Cato

Richmond, VA

#21 Nov 3, 2008
A1ACharles - The Best wrote:
That suggests that TV tells you what to think, how to dress, how to vote, how to goosestep, etc.
By the time we're 23, how we think, dress, and goosestep is pretty much set in stone. However, a 13 year old girl is still very much a blank slate.

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