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Study Links TV to Teen Sexual Activity
Health - Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 7, 2004 | Michael Conlon

Posted on 09/07/2004 5:44:38 AM PDT by Pharmboy

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Teenagers who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The study covered 1,792 adolescents aged 12 to 17 who were quizzed on viewing habits and sexual activity and then surveyed again a year later. Both regular and cable television were included.

"This is the strongest evidence yet that the sexual content of television programs encourages adolescents to initiate sexual intercourse and other sexual activities," said Rebecca Collins, a psychologist at the RAND Corp. who headed the study.

"The impact of television viewing is so large that even a moderate shift in the sexual content of adolescent TV watching could have a substantial effect on their sexual behavior," she added.

The study found that youths who watched large amounts of programming with sexual content were also more likely to initiate sexual activities short of intercourse, such as oral sex.

It found that shows where sex was talked about but not depicted had just as much impact as the more explicit shows. "Both affect adolescents' perceptions of what is normal sexual behavior and propels their own sexual behavior," Collins said.

She said the 12-year-olds who watched a lot of sexual content behaved like the 14- or 15-years-olds who watched the least amount. "The advancement in sexual behavior we saw among kids who watched a lot of sexual television was striking."

Her comments were released in a statement in conjunction with publication of the study in the September issue of "Pediatrics," the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The survey did not break down the amount of sexual exposure in terms of hours per week or percentages of material viewed, Collins said in an interview.

It did find that the 10 percent of those who watched the most television with sexual content were twice as likely to have initiated sexual intercourse when checked a year later than adolescents who were among the 10 percent who watched the least amount of sexual content.

"The best way for parents who are trying to figure out what is a lot versus little is to realize that the average (U.S.) child watches about three hours of television a day, and that the heaviest rates of sexual content are in prime time which is probably what those hours are made of," she said.

The report said earlier studies found that about two-thirds of TV entertainment programs contain sexual content, ranging from jokes and innuendo to intercourse and other behaviors.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boobtube; kids; promiscuity; riskybehavior; sex; teens; trashtv; tv
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That's why I ALWAYS have hated Friends: non-stop sexual banter. Yecchh.

This really should come as a surprise to no one...

1 posted on 09/07/2004 5:44:38 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

Wow . . . more stop-the-presses information from the Masters of the Obvious. This just in: smoking cigarettes isn't good for you.


2 posted on 09/07/2004 5:46:08 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Pharmboy

bump for wednesday update lead story.


3 posted on 09/07/2004 5:47:29 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: Pharmboy
Study Links TV to Teen Sexual Activity


4 posted on 09/07/2004 5:47:50 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Pharmboy

It's up to the parents to monitor what their children watch. Why are 12-year-olds watching shows with heavy sexual content in the first place?


5 posted on 09/07/2004 5:48:26 AM PDT by TheBigB ("I'm Bill Clinton, and I'm reporting for booty!")
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To: Pharmboy
I can't wait until the trial lawyers grab this one. It'll make the tobacco suits look trivial.
6 posted on 09/07/2004 5:48:30 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

I knew there was a reason I watched Charlie's Angels, Policewoman, Three's Company, etc...


7 posted on 09/07/2004 5:49:00 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Pharmboy
I ALWAYS have hated Friends:

Did you hate it evey week?

8 posted on 09/07/2004 5:51:05 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Pharmboy

Hell, I sure am glad my kids school hands out condoms daily or I might have a problem brewing here.


9 posted on 09/07/2004 5:51:13 AM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG -ret)
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To: Pharmboy
"Teenagers who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs, according to a study published on Tuesday."

Well I'll be...

To quote Basil Faulty..."they should be on mastermind...special subject the bleedin' obvious!"

10 posted on 09/07/2004 5:51:36 AM PDT by mitch5501 (by the grace of God,I am what I am)
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To: Izzy Dunne
C'mon Izzy, it's hard to avoid when you have 5 kids...I make them change the channel and try and teach them that that's not the ONLY thing life's about. It is better to watch and comment than let them watch alone, also.

Unless you're ready to stop electricity to the house.

11 posted on 09/07/2004 5:54:04 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Pharmboy

Another reason why I am glad we have had no TV in the house for the last couple of years. 99.99% garbage.


12 posted on 09/07/2004 5:54:21 AM PDT by leadpencil1 (Anyone but Bush!...OK, how about Don King?)
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To: Pharmboy

"That's why I ALWAYS have hated Friends: non-stop sexual banter."

Though I always enjoyed Seinfeld, both Jerry and George were boffing a different attractive woman every week, and telling nonstop lies to boot.


13 posted on 09/07/2004 5:54:35 AM PDT by poindexter
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To: Pharmboy

"That's why I ALWAYS have hated Friends: non-stop sexual banter. Yecchh.
This really should come as a surprise to no one..."


Thanks for saying it better than I ever could have! 'Friends' had to be one of the dumber shows on the air...and was hugely popular to the young people. And the actors were actually earning $1 million each a week at the end of the series! ALL of which they each gave to various charities supporting the poor and downtrodden.


14 posted on 09/07/2004 5:55:28 AM PDT by Maria S ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, 6/28/04)
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To: poindexter

Al though Seinfeld certainly dealt with sexual content at times, it was by no means non-stop. And, their stuff was clever.


15 posted on 09/07/2004 5:55:42 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Izzy Dunne
I know I hated it without ever missing a show. LOL
16 posted on 09/07/2004 5:55:48 AM PDT by codyjacksmom (A hugh series Stuned beeber user since 08/04.)
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To: Pharmboy

Anything from Reuters doesn't pass the smell test.


17 posted on 09/07/2004 5:55:55 AM PDT by 12 Gauge Mossberg
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To: Pharmboy

Yet another mere coincidence


18 posted on 09/07/2004 5:56:02 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: dakine
Nah..Starsky and Hutch. The Duke boys were pretty good too!!
19 posted on 09/07/2004 5:56:48 AM PDT by codyjacksmom (A hugh series Stuned beeber user since 08/04.)
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To: Pharmboy
"Teenagers who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs, according to a study published on Tuesday."

DUH.

20 posted on 09/07/2004 5:59:08 AM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: codyjacksmom

Yeah, the cars were nice...


21 posted on 09/07/2004 5:59:36 AM PDT by dakine
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To: poindexter
The best lesson from that show was that there is indeed a difference between good naked and bad naked!
22 posted on 09/07/2004 6:01:19 AM PDT by TheBigB ("I'm Bill Clinton, and I'm reporting for booty!")
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To: dakine
Cars were nice...but the tight pants were much better. ;-)
23 posted on 09/07/2004 6:01:24 AM PDT by codyjacksmom (A hugh series Stuned beeber user since 08/04.)
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To: Pharmboy

My brother and I weren't allowed to watch Batman and the Three Stooges when we were kids because we always tried to poke an eye out and BLAM each other after watching but we didn't throw pies.


24 posted on 09/07/2004 6:02:20 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: Pharmboy

A great philosopher and studyer of the human condition once said: Monkey see, monkey do.


25 posted on 09/07/2004 6:02:23 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Pharmboy
This really should come as a surprise to no one...

Well, no. But it seems that people need A Study before they think up excuses for denying the obvious. They've got the study now....

26 posted on 09/07/2004 6:02:34 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Pharmboy

I was shocked when my 16 year old niece told me that she and her 12 year old sister watched "Nip/Tuck" on FX regularly, along with the adults in her family. The mother and father wonder why she was already sexually active. Duh...


27 posted on 09/07/2004 6:02:41 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: Pharmboy

DUH!


28 posted on 09/07/2004 6:02:48 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Hillary becomes the RAT candidate on October 9. You saw it here first.)
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To: Pharmboy

I could have told you this 25 years ago!


29 posted on 09/07/2004 6:04:42 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: TommyDale
I was shocked when my 16 year old niece told me that she and her 12 year old sister watched "Nip/Tuck" on FX regularly, along with the adults in her family.

Dang! I'm 44 years old and still too young to watch that drivel. That's just downright irresponsible.

30 posted on 09/07/2004 6:06:47 AM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: poindexter

True, but one HUGE difference between Seinfeld and Friends is that Seinfeld was actually FUNNY.

The times I was pretty much forced to watch Friends, I found very little of it, if any at all, to be the least bit humorous. The whole ridiculous premise of a group of six loafing, jobless Generation Xers was accentuated by the world's most annoying theme song. One note and it's stuck in your head for hours. Even discussing it is making me try in vain to purge it from my thoughts!

I've never been able to figure out the draw of that show. Schwimmer's whining, LeBlanc's inane, stupid wisecracks and the other guy's general stupidity completely cancelled out the fact that the women are fairly attractive and thereby, somewhat entertaining.

Also, Seinfeld was just so completely unreal in its context, whereas Friends actually made an attempt at presenting a sense of reality in the sexual exploits.

The sad thing is that Friends ends up on just about everyone's list of "Greatest SITCOMs of All Time". How, I'll never know....


31 posted on 09/07/2004 6:07:04 AM PDT by Don Simmons (I'm damn proud of MY medals - because I earned them!)
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To: Skooz

Mighty decent of them to point this out to us (voice drips with sarcasm)


32 posted on 09/07/2004 6:11:37 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'm a happy Republican goon)
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To: Don Simmons
The sad thing is that Friends ends up on just about everyone's list of "Greatest SITCOMs of All Time". How, I'll never know....

Two words: "Dippy broads."

33 posted on 09/07/2004 6:13:35 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Pharmboy
Teenagers who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs, according to a study published on Tuesday.

My 1st thought on the issue: I agree w/ much of what's said here; it reinforces our decision to make the house of Bruck a TV-free zone, at least while the kids are in it.

2nd thought on the issue: don't confuse causality with coincidence. Kids who grow up in households where inappropriate TV is not condoned are more likely to be exposed to higher standards of morality in general. IOW, one cause unerlies two effects.

34 posted on 09/07/2004 6:23:39 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (spokesman for the human race)
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She said the 12-year-olds who watched a lot of sexual content behaved like the 14- or 15-years-olds who watched the least amount. "The advancement in sexual behavior we saw among kids who watched a lot of sexual television was striking."

Who says television isn't educational?
These kids have gained two whole grades on the non-watchers.

So9

35 posted on 09/07/2004 6:26:49 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Screwing the Inscrutable or is it Scruting the Inscrewable?)
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To: TheBigB
The best lesson from that show was that there is indeed a difference between good naked and bad naked!

Naked is only bad if the wrong people walk in unexpectedly.

So9

36 posted on 09/07/2004 6:30:25 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Screwing the Inscrutable or is it Scruting the Inscrewable?)
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To: Carry_Okie

'twont happen. The trial lawyers are on the same side as the perverts.


37 posted on 09/07/2004 6:30:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Servant of the 9

LOL!


38 posted on 09/07/2004 6:31:14 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Pharmboy

Actually, children learn by example. If the parents didn't sit in front of the tv watching this stuff, the kids wouldn't either.


39 posted on 09/07/2004 6:31:39 AM PDT by basil (Kerry is stupid beyond belief!)
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To: TheBigB

Because parents have to work, and kids are left alone way too much. Now that 'friends' has gone into syndication, we can see it all day long too.


40 posted on 09/07/2004 6:32:29 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Pharmboy
These are the shows on our 'nowatch list'. Left Standing - many references to porn and homosexual references. I remember one episode where a friend of the father said he found out his son was gauy by checking his computer.

Gay sex on the net?

No, I went into his room to check his computer and found him necking with another guy.

Later the same "friend" said "I'm glad I have a normal gay son".

We wrote off two and a half men for the same kind of reasons as we did "Yes Dear" which had an episode where it appeared the lead female was giving oral sex in a hot tub to a neighbor. Even "Everyone Loves Raymond" is going over the top now. And all this was from last season. Can't wait until the next season starts.

Lately, my wife has been getting old reruns from the 60s on dvd from the library. Mister Ed, Andy Griffith, Beverly Hillbillys. Classic stuff.
41 posted on 09/07/2004 6:32:43 AM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: basil

Oh...they find this stuff on their own and what they hear from their (pardon the expression) friends.


42 posted on 09/07/2004 6:32:47 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: tang-soo

nothing sexual about the Beverly Hillbillies, or Petticoat Junction or Gilligan's Island that's for sure. Unless beautiful women with huge firm breasts, low cut tops and tight pants are sexy.


43 posted on 09/07/2004 6:37:38 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: this_ol_patriot
My brother and I weren't allowed to watch ... Three Stooges

Wow, you had some mean parents.

44 posted on 09/07/2004 6:38:03 AM PDT by Popman
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To: TheBigB

Dennis Prager had an excellent article about how children are being exploited by liberals

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/dp20040803.shtml


46 posted on 09/07/2004 6:41:19 AM PDT by gortklattu (check out thotline dot com)
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To: Pharmboy
"Regular" television crosses the line so often that they make the Arizona / Mexico border look like the wall in cold war Berlin.

We have a single tape of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory which we watch every single night. Other than that, we don't subject our minds to the devil's box. OK not really, but it is getting pretty bad.
47 posted on 09/07/2004 6:41:21 AM PDT by Jaysun (Red meat isn't bad for you....Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.)
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To: Don Simmons

I didn't like Seinfeld. It was a show about people always trying to con other people.

The last episode made good sense to me.


48 posted on 09/07/2004 6:42:31 AM PDT by gortklattu (check out thotline dot com)
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To: Pharmboy

This is one reason I like Stargate so much right now after just discovering it. All of the actors are adults, and there is very little sexual content. Hoping it stays that way. *crosses fingers* It seems the shows with the yuppies or teens have more sexual stuff.

I've never watched Friends as from what I've seen the characters are terminally stupid. I watched about 10 minutes of Nip/Tuck a few weeks ago, but the sexual content was disgusting, so I turned it off!


49 posted on 09/07/2004 6:46:41 AM PDT by ahayes
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To: ahayes

Last week I was channel surfing and came across Nip/Tuck for the first time. Within 30 seconds, some guy was having very graphic sex with a sex doll. I though I had accidentally ordered HBO. It was unreal.


50 posted on 09/07/2004 6:51:37 AM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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