The Impact Of Mtv 's 16 And Pregnant And Teen Mom Essay

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The Impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom
Whitney L. VanOeveren
COM 203
Essay #2 Final Argument Essay in APA

Abstract This paper explores and argues how specific television shows affect adolescent attitudes and decisions. The specific content examined is the widely viewed television series 16 and Pregnant, a series of reality television shows including Teen Mom sequels. I argued how the show influenced teenagers’ interest in contraceptive use and teen pregnancy. Both sides of the claim were researched and supporting evidence is shown throughout the essay demonstrating my argument regarding teenage pregnancy in relation to the MTV series.

The Impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom
Reality television puts an unrealistic view on issues that happen in real life situations. One of the most evasive topics on television is teenage pregnancy. The way teen pregnancy is presented on reality television shows is misleading, unsafe, and irresponsible by promoting an unrealistic view of young parenthood and glamorizing the consequences that come from such issues. “A sentimental national culture is built around normative ideas of family life and reproduction and is perpetuating the prevalence of teen pregnancy” (Guglielmo, L). Teenage pregnancy has become a prevalent issue in the United States, especially in today’s society. Clearly, having sex and getting pregnant is due to personal choices and…

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