Additionally, we compared the amount and explicitness of sexual content as well as the frequency of risk and responsibility messages in these four genres. When examined by genre, exposure to sexual content in comedies was positively associated while exposure to sexual content in dramas was negatively associated with attitudes regarding sex, perceived normative pressure, intentions, and engaging in sex one year later. Implications of adolescent exposure to various types of content and for using genre categories to examine exposure and effects are discussed. The sources and content of sex-related information that adolescents receive have important consequences for their subsequent knowledge and behavior Berenson, Wu, Breitkopf and Newman, ; Bleakley, Hennessey, Fishben and Jordan, ; Kirby, Furthermore, studies indicate that watching more sexual content in the media contributes to sexual activity among adolescents e. For example, Martino and colleagues surveyed non-sexually active to year-old teens regarding their degree of exposure to 23 popular television programs containing sexual talk and behaviors.
Why doesn’t media influence teens?
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Christopher J. Ferguson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Few people would doubt that sex is ubiquitous in media — whether movies, television, music or books — and that teens today have unprecedented access to all of it. Specifically, the worry is that teens may have sex earlier or engage in higher-risk sexual activities such as having multiple partners or exposing themselves to potential pregnancies or STDs. In the American Academy of Pediatrics even published a position paper claiming that sexually explicit media could promote risky teen sexual behavior. But government data find that teens are actually waiting longer than in the past to have sex.
December 13, - On average, adolescents watch three hours of television each day, much of which displays sexual content. Of the 1, television shows reviewed in the Rand study, 70 percent included some form of sexual content—68 percent of these included talk about sex and 35 percent displayed sexual behaviors. The study found that teenagers who watch television programs with sexual content are more likely to engage in sex at an earlier age. Indeed, teenagers who were exposed to the most sexual content were twice as likely to initiate sexual intercourse within the next year as those who saw the least amount of sexual content. Despite the negative impact television can have on teenage sexual health, programs that feature topics on sexual risk reduction and safer sex can also serve as a useful educational tool among teenagers. In fact, the study suggests that television shows that incorporated sexual risk and responsibilities into their storylines were likely to help delay sexual debut among African-American youth. The impact of television on adolescent behavior, decision making, and sexual health are found to be both positive and negative, depending on the content of the program. Poll: How much influence does television have on the sexual behaviors of teens? References Collins, Rebecca L. Donate Now.
Sammy Yaah Baya does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Television programmes can influence the perceptions and behaviours of adolescents either negatively or positively. But if unregulated they can cause harm. How is television viewing likely to influence the sexual behaviour of the youth and adolescents? In our study done in Kenya, we set out to look at whether adolescents get information about sex from television programmes. On perceptions about the televised content,