How does the sexual content found in current media affect people of varying age groups?
Introduction Technology has taken a dramatic turn in advancement in the last decade, along with the way we communicate and share information with each other, and has made it easier through the media. What is media? According to Wikipedia, "Media are the storage and transmission channels or tools used to store and deliver information or data. It is often referred to as synonymous with mass media or news media, but may refer to a single medium used to communicate any data for any purpose". We can confidently then say that media takes the form of TV, radio, the internet, cell phones, motion pictures, billboards, newspapers and books. This betterment
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Our children are being made to believe that being sexually promiscuous, and having multiple partners is the norm and the way to be 'popular' in school. "Approximately 28% of 15-17 years report engaging in sexual intercourse, with the rate increasing to 80% for Canadian 20-24 years of age" (as cited in Weiten and McCann, p 403). I spoke to a group of 5 female teens who were between the ages of 14-17, who confirmed that they didn't see anything wrong with sexual scenes on their screens. Another group of teenagers, 3 boys, I randomly spoke to, said, they prefer when a girl allows them to go hit a " home run". They also didn't think there was anything wrong with musicals videos with sexually suggestive acts. "Some surveys research has found a correlation between viewing sexual content on TV and sexual activity; preference for TV content that contains high amounts of sexual contents such as soap operas and MTV, is correlated with early onset of intercourse, increased sexual experience, and increased non-sexual behaviors such as petting" ( Brown et al 1991, Nelson, 1997; Ward et al 1999, as cited in Taylor, p 130). Gossip girl, Misfit and 90210 are only a few of teenage shows on TV that the actors engage in promiscuous behavior: changing partners, 'making out in odd, inappropriate places and sexual behavior. These shows have the teenagers meeting an opposite sex in the morning, and by night would be in bed with