teen mom Essay

1437 Words Oct 24th, 2013 6 Pages
Reality television is a massive hit in todays’ pop culture. Every Tuesday at ten o’clock on MTV, you will find up to three million viewers tuning in to watch the show Teen Mom, which is a spinoff of the reality show 16 and Pregnant that started in 2009. The girls on the show have volunteered themselves to put their lives on television and have people across the nation watch them struggle to survive as a teenager with a child right by their side. Today's pop culture celebrates teen pregnancy by having shows on television like MTV's Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, not to mention, the stars on the show being glamourized on the cover of magazines. This reality show is raising the questions, “Do we support and glorify teen pregnancy?” …show more content…
Instead, there is a lot of emphasis on their love life and whom they are dating at that time. Therefore, the message gets a little unclear now and then. The hit show has most definitely had a good impact on viewers described in Lorraine Chows article 77 Percent Of Teens Say 'Teen Mom' Makes Parenting Look Hard. “Report referred to a 2010 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that there was a record low birth rate for girls aged 15 to 19, at 34.3 per 1,000. The bad news, however, is that 23 percent say that Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant make parenting look easy. Additionally, 48 percent of adults say that the shows made pregnancy and parenthood look easy” (Chow). This is showing that yes, it does aid viewers to some degree that birth rates are down for teens, but more than that, it is harming them by making them think that it is ok and easy to be a parent with all of the expenses and struggles that come along with it that. The parts in the show that are making it look easy for the mothers should be behind the scenes, and be more focused on illustrating the message clearer to help aid the viewers. Very few people at any age are prepared for the expenses that come upon having a child. Although, most teen moms have not decided on a career, and they most likely do not have savings set-aside for the

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