Teenage pregnancy is on the rise again and researches are now saying that television is partly to blame. A study, which is being published today in the American Academy of Pediatrics looked at 700 12 to 17 year olds for three years and found that those who watched sexual content on TV were roughly twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy over teenagers who didn't. And the lead researcher in this study, Anita Chandra, feels there's a strong association between the two factors. An article in today's Washington Post sums up the study by saying:
Studies have found a link between watching television shows with sexual content and becoming sexually active earlier, and between sexually explicit music videos and an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. . . . But the new research is the first to show an association between TV watching and pregnancy among teens.
Since sexual activity is basically on every channel these days, it's pretty hard to avoid, but do their findings ring true to you? When you watch sexually heated content on the small screen, does it make you want to get it on?