A study at the University of North Carolina found that white kids who are exposed to lots of sexual references in movies, music, TV, and magazines are more likely to have sex earlier, but that black kids are impervious to smutty pop culture:
The study analyzed 308 different television shows, movies, songs, and magazines commonly used by teenagers and calculated each teen[']s “sexual media diet.” The researchers then followed up with each teen two years later inquiring about their sexual behavior.Link (via Sploid). I don't know about you, but when I was a teenager, I think I would have enjoyed having a "sexual super peer."
As it turns out, white teens who use media with high sexual content were more than two times as likely to have sex by the time they were 16 years old than those who used less.
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The researchers believe that teachers, parents, and media should educate teens in order to give them the proper tools to make decisions about their sexual life.
"Otherwise, the media will continue to serve as a kind of sexual super peer that doesn't have the best interests of young people in mind," [UNC researcher Jane] Brown said.
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