11/03/2008 (4:33 pm)
From the “how much money did they spend proving what an 8th grader could tell you” department, the Rand Corporation announced the results of research today demonstrating that teenagers who regularly watched racy TV shows like “Sex and the City” were twice as likely to get pregnant or cause a pregnancy in the following 3 years than teenagers who do not regularly watch such programming.
The new study is the first to link those viewing habits with teen pregnancy, said lead author Anita Chandra, a Rand Corp. behavioral scientist. Teens who watched the raciest shows were twice as likely to become pregnant over the next three years as those who watched few such programs.
Previous research by some of the same scientists had already found that watching lots of sex on TV can influence teens to have sex at earlier ages.
Shows that only highlight the positive aspects of sexual behavior without the risks can lead teens to have unprotected sex “before they’re ready to make responsible and informed decisions,” Miss Chandra said.
The study was released Monday in the November issue of Pediatrics. It involved 2,003 12- to 17-year-old girls and boys nationwide questioned by telephone about their TV viewing habits in 2001.
No objection to research, but somebody please tell me, why was this study necessary? Isn’t the connection obvious to the casual observer?
Expect the social progressives to produce bogus research indicating that TV is a minor factor. Expect it to reach the front pages of major newspapers immediately. Expect leftists to continue to ignore the destructive effects of increasingly blatant and casual sexuality.
In the meantime, make sure you inoculate your kids against casual attitudes toward sex. They won’t pick up your attitudes by osmosis; you have to teach them.
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