Teenage Sexuality in the Media

Media plays a major role in teenage sexuality. Teenagers are pressured through magazines and television to act and even dress a certain way. Many studies claim that media tends to alter behaviour, which often leads to increasing pregnancy/ sex rates among teens. Sexual messages are becoming more evident in lyrics, television shows and magazines in today’s society, more so than in the past. Here are some statistics on today’s teenagers:

MediaIn one hour of music videos 93% of it was related to sexualityThree out of four prime time shows contained some kind of sexual contentOnly one in four teenagers believe that media has an effect on their own behaviour70% of parents say that they have had a conversation with their teenager about sexual issues because of something that they saw on a TV. show78% of all teenage dialogue on TV involves comments about their own, or someone else’s interest in sexSexuality50% of teens have had sex by the age of 17For a quarter of girls, their first partner was more than four years older then themBody ImageModels generally weigh 23% less than the average woman90% of women are unsatisfied with their body in some wayYoung girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of cancer, or losing their parentsExposure to images of the “ideal woman” as seen in the media causes depression, anger and lower self esteem within the average man and woman

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