Monday, November 3, 2008

"Groundbreaking" Study

This just in: A new study has shown that there is a connection between teens watching sex-filled TV shows and ending up pregnant. In fact, teens who watched such shows were twice as likely to become pregnant as their peers who didn't watch them.

You mean the things we watch have an effect on our behavior? Pardon me for my cynicism, but "duh".

It seems obvious - if you spend your time watching shows that glamorize sex, portray it to be risk-free and emotionally inconsequential, and make it seem like only nerds aren't doing it, you will be influenced by that. Especially if you are a hormonal teenager who thinks their status in high school is the end-all-be-all of existence.

The only casual-sex consequence I've ever seen portrayed on TV is pregnancy, but that always turns into a glorification of unwed parenthood. The baby is a romanticized little cherub who will appear for the occasional laugh line, but otherwise won't interfere in any way with the life of his parents, and especially not with their dating/sex life.

Why don't researchers just ask me these questions before they spend millions of dollars on such studies? I could have saved them a lot of money.


Julia said...

"Duh" for not spending that money on something more worthwhile. I know! Let's spearhead a project to find out if sticking our hands into a blazing fire actually burns them!

Sara said...

What irks me the most is that parents STILL won't go "duh" - they'll continue to be too busy to parent - or to know (care?) what their kids are up to.

Megan B said...

I wonder what temptations the Wiggles will lead my kids to... they frighten me almost as much, LOL ;)

Ben said...

My goodness, there's a correlation between teen promiscuity and what they watch?! Whoooda thunk?! I always appreciate your sound moral commentaries.

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