Effect of Media on Young People and Their Sex Lives

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Kerianne Hermann

Fifteen-year-old Kelly is just like every other sophomore in high school. She loves her friends, enjoys playing on her school’s lacrosse team and does her homework before she goes to be every night. Once the weekend comes and school is out, everything changes. She goes to a cool party hosted by a good-looking quarterback. She drinks, her friends are doing it so why not? Then all of her friends sneak off with boys. Kelly is alone, drunk and vulnerable. When the quarterback walks over and flirts with her she is elated. When he suggests going to another room though, she is nervous, but she goes with him. She sees this happen all the time in movies, and her friends are doing it so how wrong could it be? When she’s home and alone with her own thoughts, she realizes the mistake she has made. Unfortunately this happens to many young girls everyday. All across America girls are being pressured by the media and their peers to have sex.

Studies show that by the age of twenty, 75 percent of Americans have lost their virginity. In many high schools - and an increasing number of junior highs- virginity is regarded as an embarrassing vestige of childhood, to be disposed of as quickly as possible. (Garity 768-771). Peer pressure is something everyone has to deal with at some point in their life. It can influence the way you dress, the music you listen to, what clubs you join, and even your choices regarding sex. “The American Public Health Association,” reports Psychology Today, “did a study and found that one of the biggest reasons that teenagers have sex is because they think their peers are also having sex”. (Family). Many girls, young and old, are pressured by peers. Girls think because everyone else is doing it, they should do it too. “[A factor] I think, is that very little in our culture encourages independent thinking” says Steve Lopez. (776-778) High school girls are very prone to succumbing to peer pressure. They want to be liked, they want...
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