Big To Do
About Us

“Saving Love Lives The World Over!” e-mail e-mail to a friend in need

August 24, 2010

Does racy TV cause racy teens?

Filed under: issues,media,pop culture,Psychology — posted by Paula @ 10:11 am

Via Science Daily:

That old adage favored by scientists and ‘60s girl groups — “correlation is not causation, no sir” — seems to have eluded more than a few pundits in our day.

One hasty assumption in particular–that sexy media influences kids to have sex earlier–is being challenged in an article in a recent issue of Developmental Psychology. Psychologists Laurence Steinberg and Kathryn Monahan revisit a much-cited 2006 study by media expert Jane D. Brown which concluded that exposure to sexualized content on TV, or in music, movies, and magazines, accelerates sexual activity in young teenagers.

Steinberg and Monahan reanalyzed the data of Brown’s longitudinal study, but this time took into account the other dimensions of the participants’ lives that may have influenced their exposure to sexualized media and their pre-existing inclination to view or listen to the sexy stuff.

The authors discovered that while a link exists between sexual content and earlier sexual activity, they found “no accelerating or hastening effect of exposure to sexy media content on sexual debut once steps were taken to ensure that adolescents with and without high media exposure were matched on their propensity to be exposed to media with sexual content.”

They conclude, in other words, that the kids who were inclined to have sex earlier were also the kids who’d be likely to consume the hotter media, but the media didn’t, like, make them do it. In OTHERother words, it wasn’t Ke$ha’s fault (this time).

Kudos to Steinberg and Monahan for questioning a long-held assumption, turning the old blame-the-media trope on its head, and for using the word “sexy” about 700 times in their article, making it read like a Prince song.

Most importantly, they turn the focus back to other scientifically established causes of precocious sexual activity: parent–child conflicts and peer influence. Knowing the real causes may lead to more effective ways of helping kids be smart and wise consumers, or not, of the sexed-up stuff they see.

1 Comment »

  1. I might get another seed kit or 2 simply to attempt them out for relaxing, but I’m absolutely not mosting likely to be tossing out the capsules.

    Feel free to surf to my weblog aerogarden sprout plus (Edmundo)

    Comment by Edmundo — September 27, 2016 @ 10:31 am

  2. The seed sheaths are prepackaged, so the only maintenance required is to
    fill up with water every two weeks, and include 2 nutrient tablets.

    Look at my web blog … aerogarden oregano (Katrin)

    Comment by Katrin — September 27, 2016 @ 10:34 am

  3. For nutrients I had actually try out some that I had actually
    bought from a regional hydroponic garden store, they are a natural kind
    and also consequently had the tendency to create deposits inside
    the Aerogarden which clogged it up as well as would seize
    the pump which killed some of my plants when it took place while I was away for a few days when.

    Feel free to surf to my website: aerogarden tending and harvesting guide (Emory)

    Comment by Emory — September 27, 2016 @ 10:38 am

  4. I located it extremely helpful that the seed sheathings in the Aerogarden consisted of the germination time (sprouts
    in 6-21 days) in addition to the anticipated elevation of the plant precisely each sheathing.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post aerogarden 7 herbs (Gudrun)

    Comment by Gudrun — September 27, 2016 @ 10:48 am

  5. AeroGarden items have actually been researched and developed to enable you to
    create that attractive stretch of eco-friendly inside your home.

    my homepage … tomatoes for aerogarden

    Comment by tomatoes for aerogarden — September 27, 2016 @ 10:51 am

  6. For fuller, thicker development, larger, much more frequent harvests as well as even more blossoms & fruit– replace your Grow
    Lighting every 6 months.

    my website: aerogarden garlic (Sandy)

    Comment by Sandy — September 27, 2016 @ 11:47 am

  7. According to the directions in the cover and accompanying pamphlet,
    the skins are outlined in the box the means they should
    be taken into the yard for optimal expanding, so the three front skins you see in the image went into the front
    row of the yard in that order from entrusted to right,
    as well as the exact same for the 4 back vessels.

    Here is my web page :: aerogarden fuse replacement; Alicia,

    Comment by Alicia — September 27, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

**Mean or otherwise out-of-line comments will be deleted. That’s just how we roll.


blog | advice | comics | animation | goodies | to do | archive | about us

Breakup Girl created by Lynn Harris & Chris Kalb
© 2008 Just Friends Productions, Inc.
| privacy policy
Cool Aid!

Important Breakup Girl Maxim:
Breakup Girl Sez


Powered by WordPress