Sex in the Media – Not a good thing
ENG122: English Composition II
Instructor: Hope Umansky
November 1, 2012
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Anyone who turns on the TV today can see that sex is a big factor in TV shows, commercials and just about everything on TV. Even shows that are intended for young children have some innuendos and even show kissing. The media in America has changed and continues to change how the youth and children of America view sex and its value. This paper will use examples of current shows in the media is affecting the youth in America.
Back in the 1960’s the first time “The Brady Bunch” showed the mom and dad sleeping in the same bed there was uproar from the families all around America. When this happened the mom and dad were in their pajamas and were sitting in bed talking and not touching. Since that time sex has slowly become a very prevalent vein throughout the entertainment and even selling points on TV and on the internet. Some statistics of this are: * Estimated number of TV homes: 109.6 million
* Average time kids spend watching TV each day: 4 Hours
* Children spend more time watching television than in any other activity except sleep. - Huston and Wright, University of Kansas. "Television and Socialization of Young Children." * 54% of kids have a TV in their bedroom. - Ibid
* 44% of kids say they watch something different when they're alone than with their parents (25% choose MTV) * 66% of children (ages 10 to 16) surveyed say that their peers are influenced by TV shows * 62% say that sex on TV shows and movies influences kids to have sex when they are too young * 77% say there is too much sex before marriage on television (Pulled from http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/facts/mediafacts.asp)
If 54% of children have a TV in their room and they watch different shows when alone than when they are with a parent – what are they getting from TV? Teens are saying that their SEX IN THE MEDIA3
friends and peers are being influenced by the shows and movies they are watching. Youth are even stating that there is too much premarital sex on TV. With this much sex being drilled into the minds of our youth there is little hope of them having strong moral values.
The rise of social media has also become an issue with children and the increase of sex in the media. CNN reported that the growth of technology and social media has exploded over the recent years. One example used in this report was that by the age of 2 children already have histories online. By age 7 or 8 children are pretty proficient at using the computers.(Clinton/Steyer, 2012) Many adults joke about the fact that if they can’t fix their Smartphone all they have to do is take it to a child and that child will be able to accomplish what they can not figure out. With children being able to easily do so much with technology it is getting ever increasingly harder for parents to effectively monitor what their children are being subjected to when it comes to sex in the media. In TV shows like One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and many other shows geared towards the teens of America, the characters sleep with just about every other character without much consequence or truly realizing what they are doing. For example, Gossip Girl is about people who live on the upper east side of New York City. This show starts out with the main character having just come back into town. She originally left town because she drank too much and had sex with her best friends boyfriend. Although there is a lot of drama when this all comes out in the show, it is quickly resolved and everyone gets along again before the end of the first season. In this show everyone sleeps with everyone and there are rarely, if ever, long
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term consequences. There are also only a few pregnancy scares and no mention of any Sexually...