Does Reality Shows Prevent or Promote Teen Pregnancy? Reality shows that are based on teen pregnancy like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom sheds light about the troubles on becoming a teen parent, finishing high school and struggling to buy the baby’s need and wants. Lately, these shows are stirring a debate if they are trying to support or avoid teen pregnancy. And this topic is important to the public, because it relates to the young community’s future. Young girls and boys can watch these shows and have different outlooks about having a child. Sometimes, glamorizing teen pregnancy on television might confuse the young community, because they can be fickle at times. They might think it is acceptable to be pregnant so young and others will consider waiting until marriage. Reality shows can either encourage or discourage teen pregnancy based on the individual’s mentality.
When it comes to the topic of teen pregnancy, some of us will readily agree that shows like “Teen Mom OG” and “16 and Pregnant” promotes teen pregnancy. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of do these types of shows promote or discourage teens across the
The show is a good example in our society because teen pregnancy is something that is growing up days by days. Yes it is real as stated sun-sentinel “In intimately looking at others, we are also looking at ourselves”. What this quote means to me is that the more our teenager watch 16& pregnant the more they will protect themselves to avoid being pregnant if they choose to be sexually active because they have an idea how it is hard to be a young parent by watching the show they can relate the young motherhood.
Teenage Pregnancy in America Teen pregnancy is a growing epidemic in the United States. Teen girls are becoming pregnant at an alarming rate, with a lot of the pregnancies planned. With television shows broadcasting shows such as “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”, it is giving teenage girls the
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 86 percent of mothers who give birth out-of-wedlock are teenagers. MTV’s show “16 & Pregnant,” which has only been on air since June 2009, is already reflecting the rapid boom in teenage pregnancy across various cities in America. Since the early eighties
Magazine after magazine and tabloid after tabloid. There is something essentially wrong with the media business. The lines that differentiate news and vital information from dramatic, entertaining and fictionalized stories have been obscured, and are for all intents and purposes nonexistent on numerous fronts. Although teen pregnancy is at a
Taking Sides: 16 and Pregnant Popular media submits many teens to sexual content and influences their views on subjects such as teenage pregnancy. The article Evaluating the Impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on Teen Viewers’ Attitudes About Teen Pregnancy takes a closer look at the relationship between the viewers of the show and their attitudes towards teen pregnancy. Three major weaknesses found after the review of the study are listed as follows; The study has several confounding variables, the sample group is rather small and taken from a single state within the US, and lastly, it makes claims without having sufficient evidence from its own findings as well as other studies. However, the way the study was conducted is relatively very
Do you believe shows like ‘ 16 & Pregnant ‘ and ‘ Teen Mom ‘ glamorize teen pregnancy ? Or do you think they present a cautionary tale ? Studies began to show that in fact they don't glamorize it , yet they caused teenage pregnancy to decrease . Also teenage mothers have been showed as abused or in jail . Also some of these mothers haven't even finished school .
Sixteen (16) and Pregnant! Does “sixteen and pregnant” promote, or discourage teen pregnancy? Although, “sixteen and pregnant shows some of the struggles of being a teenage parent, it doesn’t show all. MTV has given a show to children, for having children. They have put a glorification on getting pregnant at a young age. Instead of teaching and telling them what the outcome of their life could be if they are to have children while there still a child themselves. On the show they give false hope of still being able to be a regular teen. Going out with friends partying, drinking, and smoking. After dropping there kid off with a relative or parent. They don’t show children as being a responsibility. There are younger viewers who watch
Anna Croom Rough Draft It is believed that teens who watch shows with people around the same age, who have kids, do not see the difficulties of a teen pregnancy. MTV has aired multiple shows of daily lives of the young moms. Numerous surveys have been given to teenagers to see how
Enclosing I do believe that the media is influencing teen pregnancy. The media is letting it be known that getting pregnant at a young age is okay. I understand that they are trying to show teens the struggle of being a mom at an early age and still having to go to school & provide for your
Teen pregnancy is a subject easily made into a reality show as it makes viewers feel morally superior—we are made to believe that young mothers are “unstable, weak and selfish” (Friedman) and that these women’s struggles are just the ‘consequences’ of their promiscuous behaviour. Shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom aim to engage an audience by showing them what poor choices (i.e. sexual activity) and the events that follow these choices look like. They also attempt to be an example for young, impressionable viewers, constantly reiterating that teen pregnancy is “100% preventable”. However, the morals behind these TV shows seem to be partisan, intentionally failing to mention every side of the story. The reason that these reality shows are able to thrive is because they agree with the misogynistic moral perspectives held by
being sexually active, including different types of sex messages with dialogue and content.” Teens in today's world spend more time watching television shows that aren’t appropriate for them. 16 and Pregnant was released in July of 2009. It was produced to try and prevent teen pregnancy. “A typical episode of the show follows the new moms a they fight with the fathers of their children (many of whom have now left them), fight with their parents (who are usually supporting them), struggle financially, struggle to finish their degree and watch their friends enjoy prom and college without them.”(Does) When watching the show you see the different hardships that each mom goes through in the 9 months she was pregnant and the couple of months to follow after birth. Teen Mom was
This article talks about the effects that 16 and pregnant has had on society. The writer has researched a variety of the effects that the show has had on the viewers and has backed the statements it has made up with all of the statics on teenage pregnancies since the show first started. The article talks about how the purpose of the show 16 and pregnant was to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in America and it did just that. After the show first aired in June 2011 teenage pregnancy rates in America dropped 5.7 percent in the first eighteen months after it was aired, which meant a third of the pregnancies in America were reduced in that time frame.
In 2009, MTV introduced a show called “16 and pregnant” produced by Morgan J. Freeman. MTV also, came out with a spinoff series called Teen Mom also produced by Morgan J. Freeman. When the these shows first aired many parents were concerned with their young teens watching the show. Parents were hesitant to allow their children to view such a show and questions arose. Were these shows going to encourage teens to have sex at such a young age or would it even create the idea that they should be having kids at a young age? It is believed that the teens on the show are “glamorized” for having babies as teens. This however, is not a true statement. MTV is