Teens May Be Sexually Influenced by the Media

Does media promote and influence teens to engage in sex?

Reality TV celebrities as well as actors and actresses often become role models for teens. In the last few years, the trend of “carriage before marriage” in Hollywood has had rippling effects on teens. Many celebs have even been vocal against marriage and see it as “unnecessary to justify their relationship.”

A 2006, CBS News report found that “Teens who see and hear a lot about sex in the media may be more than twice as likely to have early sexual intercourse as those who are rarely exposed to sexual content.”

The report stated, “A new study shows that 12- to 14-year-olds exposed to the most sexual content in movies, music, magazines, and on television were 2.2 times more likely to have had sexual inter- course when re-interviewed two years later than their peers who had a lighter sexual media diet.”

As for Black teens, the report concluded, “the relationship between sexual media diet and teen sex was not as clear after adjusting for other risk factors. The sexual activity of black teenagers was more significantly influenced by their parents\’ attitudes about sex and their friends\’ sexual behavior than what they saw or heard in the media.”
Statistics confirm, “For girls, whose mothers were teenagers at the time of their birth, are over 80% more likely to become teenage mothers as well.” (Father Facts)