Children and teenagers who are exposed to sex through the media are more likely to engage in sexual activity than those who are not, according to new research. A study by an American team has found a direct relationship between the amount of sexual content children see and their level of sexual activity or their intentions to have sex in the future. The survey, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and online, claims that film, television, music and magazines may act as a kind of "sexual super peer" for teenagers seeking information about sex. It also suggests that the media have at least as great an influence on sexual behaviour as religion or a child's relationship with their parents and peers. More than 1, American children between the ages of 12 and 15 were asked to list the kinds of media they were exposed to regularly. They also answered questions about their health and levels of sexual activity, including whether they went on dates, kissed, had oral sex or full sex.
Media 'influence' adolescent sex
Media May Prompt Teen Sex - CBS News
It is fashionable to blame the media for everything that ails society today. But is media really so evil? Media today has a huge influence on teenagers. But all is not bad with the media. If used right, media can change lives for good. Before you decide to pull the plug, check out how does the media influence on teenagers — in a good way! Most teens live a sheltered life.
Media May Prompt Teen Sex
Print article. Music videos, movies, reality shows, beer ads, online porn, prostitutes in video games, sexy doctor shows. Sex is everywhere. In fact, teens report that their main source of information about sex, dating and sexual health comes from what they see and hear in the media.
Here's how to inoculate ourselves against negative ones. Verified by Psychology Today. Viewing violent media seems to be associated with violent behavior [2,3] whereas viewing pro-social media is associated with positive behavior.