A Little Breather from Election News

November 4, 2008 | NeW Staff

When I was a freshman in high school, I got grounded for a month for watching the show “Friends” with a girl friend from school. I was pretty flabbergasted and I remember pleading with my mom “But I’m almost 15! And they don’t show anything on ‘Friends’!”. But nonetheless, I was punished. 

According to this article Karin sent me, Mom was right (yet again). A new study shows that teens who watch shows with casual references to sex, such as “Sex and the City”, are more likely to get pregnant. Of course, this correlation does not prove causation, but I can believe that if at 13 you understand the concept of a ‘one night stand’ and think it is a normal part of life, your attitude towards sex in general will perhaps be more cavalier. 

I am by no means bashing these shows. I love me a good sitcom and I definitely took my grandma to see the “Sex and the City” movie (at her request). But, perhaps this form of entertainment has its time and place, to be enjoyed in moderation at a mature age, not at a constant rate during formative years. 
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