In contrast, shows with content about contraception and pregnancy can demonstrate the risks and consequences of sex—and can also foster beneficial dialogue between teens and parents. Teens who most often listened to artists whose lyrics include portrayals of sex that are degrading to men and women were more likely to have sex at a young age.
Through a series of innovative studies, RAND Health is helping parents, practitioners, and policymakers better understand the positive and negative effects of traditional media on adolescent health and well-being and the evolving role that new media play in adolescents’ daily lives.
RAND studies found that watching sex on television influences teens’ sexual behavior.
Teens who watch a lot of television with sexual content are more likely to have sexual intercourse in the following year.
MTV is the favored television channel to watch among both boys and girls in America, averaging over six hours a week viewing it.
Research also shows that on any day a teenager is exposed to over 200 cable television networks, 5,500 magazines, 10,500 radio stations, over 30 million websites, and over 122,000 recently published books.