Well, those Puritans over at CBS News are at it again, now publishing the story, “Media May Prompt Teen Sex” which alleges that a new study points to a link between what kids watch and their actual behavior when it comes to sex:
A new study shows that 12- to 14-year-olds exposed to the most sexual content in movies, music, magazines, and on television were 2.2 times more likely to have had sexual intercourse when re-interviewed two years later then their peers who had a lighter sexual media diet. . . .
The results showed that exposure to sexual content at ages 12-14 increased the risk of early teen sex among white teenagers even after taking into account other factors known to reduce the likelihood of teen sex, such as parental disapproval of teen sex and getting good grades. In fact, each increase in grouping of sexual content media exposure increased the risk of teen sex by 30 percent.
Come on, we all know that what we watch doesn’t affect our behavior, right? And that there’s no reason why any company would pay millions of dollars for ads, as if seeing something on TV would change our behavior about what we buy or wear or do?
Don’t worry, parents. There’s no need to feel guilty about your HBO subscription or about the many other ways that you allow your children to be exposed to immorality on the media. It’s just part of growing up, right? Your kids can handle it and so can you (plus, you’re family is different – the exception to the rule, more mature and educated). Don’t let those old out-of-touch “Brethren” tell you what to let into your home.