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Mass Media May Prompt Kids to Try Sex

On April 3, 2006, Reuters reported on study which appears in the April, 2006 issue of the journal, Pediatrics, that found, (are you ready?) that kids who watch a lot of sexy movies, sexy TV, listen to sexy music, and look at sexy magazines have intercourse at an earlier age than kids that don't. I know, you're shocked. You probably didn't realize before that sensory stimulation leads to getting horney, and getting horney leads to having sex.

Exposure to sexual content not only in movies and TV but also in music and magazines speeds up the sexual activity of white teens, increasing their chances of early intercourse, a new study contends.

The link between sex-filled media and early intercourse was not as apparent for black teens, who were found to be more influenced by parents and peers, said Jane D. Brown, the lead author of the study, which appears in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics.

"The unique part of this study is, we're finding this effect not only for television but for all four media content -- TV, movies, music and magazines," said Brown, the James L. Knight professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

So much for the abstinence based crap that the President is peddling when the media is full of sexual stimulation. Is it a wonder that the kids want to screw?

White teens in the top fifth of the "sexual media" diet when 12 to 14 years of age were more than twice as likely to have had intercourse by age 14 to 16, compared to those ranking in the lowest fifth.

The same finding did not hold true black teens. Brown's team found other factors were more likely to predict whether they would have early intercourse, such as parental disapproval of teen sex.

By age 16, according to the study, 55 percent of the white teens who had the most exposure to sexual content had started having sexual intercourse, compared to 6 percent of those in the lowest segment.

I remember working with a child psychiatrist back in the 80s, Dr. David Miller. Dr. Miller had a saying which he referred to as "Miller's maxim" which is the best advice I have ever heard on this topic. Miller's maxim is "If you don't want to gratify, don't stimulate." Of course, I heard the same lecture in 6th grade from Sister Mary Margaret who chastised us boys about indulging in our "impure thoughts" and the need to avoid the "near occasion of sin". Although, many of us laugh about the pruitanical Catholic upbringing we endured in the 50s, there is something to be said for it, and perhaps there is a wisdom in it that we would do well to recognize and utilize.

Link: MedlinePlus: Mass Media May Prompt Kids to Try Sex: Study.

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