Media Effects Sex
February 22, 2013
Media Effects Sex
It is no surprise that sex is prevalent in today’s society. Sex is used in advertisements, television shows, movies, magazines, internet, music, and books. It is everywhere. At the bookstore, the racy book series Fifty Shades is in four different sections: health, romance, literature, and fantasy. S. Liliana Escobar-Chaves of the university's Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research states "Although a great deal is known about the effects of mass media on other adolescent behaviors, such as eating, smoking and drinking, we know basically nothing about the effects of mass media on adolescent sexual behaviors" (Brody, 2006) In a society where shock value is desperately sought after, how far will the media push the sexual envelope? There are nineteen known sexual disorders according the DSM-IV. Some of these disorders are more common than others, especially in adolescents. Causes of these disorders may stem from emotional or physical distress. There are many factors involved when diagnosing a sexual disorder. Emotional distress may stem from interpersonal relations, marital problems, or a general lack of trust. Psychological causes include anxiety, depression, fear, or past trauma. There may be another factor to consider however, mass media plays a role in today’s sexual deviance. American teenagers have no problem gaining access to graphic pictures, programs, music, or any other source of questionable media. On average 7 hours a day are spent engaging in some type of media related activity. (Pediatrics , 2010)While viewing television during prime time hours there are 143 incidents of sexual behavior, more so than not the encounters are between unmarried partners. 80 percent of movies have sexual content and every R rated movie since the 80’s has had at least one nude scene. Recently, even PG rated Disney movies are starting...
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