Sexual Behavior On Tv's Influence On Teenagers

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Is the constant bombardment of violent and explicit sexual images in media desensitizing our society? By constantly watching sexual or violent images the content may start to lose its shock value overtime. Once it loses its thrill new technologies are created to regain society’s interest. New virtual technology allows for user to blur the line between reality and fantasy.
TV: The average American teenager watches three hours of television a day. Scientist Rebecca Collins conducted a study to see if watching sexual behavior on TV influenced teenagers’ own behavior. In her results, she found that watching shows with sexual content has a considerable amount of influence on a teen. Collins found that young children who watched the highest amount
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(Collins et al 542). A popular belief is that the images young viewers absorb encourages early sexual activity. “Young people who viewed a high amount of explicit sexual content were two times more likely to engage in sexual intercourse the following year” (Collins et al 543). Collins did mention that the TV isn’t the only culprit; different factors such as having older friends, getting lower grades, and skipping class, can influence teens as well. Both TV and high risk behaviors cause teens to have sex at too young of an age. However, TV can have a positive influence on teens. By revealing the risks associated with sex, such as pregnancy and STD’s, teens learn real sexual …show more content…
The Internet changed the everything by delivering and sharing information around the world. The original intent of the Internet was for scientists to share their studies, but today it has far exceeded its original use. The internet has become a cornucopia of television, music, gossip, entertainment, gaming, and sex. Practically anything can be found on the internet, which to many is extremely freighting. What started off as something so innocent, has turned into a scary resource, where anything is accessible. Many parents fear that their kids will meet a sexual predator while using the internet and find themselves in a scary situation. In the case of thirteen-year-old Christina Long, this turned out to be true. After chatting with a man she met online, Christina met the man and was accidentally killed while having sex with him. So what caused such a young girl to meet up with an older man for a sexual arrangement? Was she tricked or lured into it? According to Nancy Willards’ article, Sex and the Internet: Challenging the Myths, children aren’t always the victims. Legally, the child is always considered the victim because they are too young to make a decision for themselves, but a study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center discovered that despite popular belief, children aren’t being lured into meeting with predators as often as they think. Many children and teens are fully aware that men are interested in them sexually and

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