Teenage Pregnancy And Teen Pregnancy

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When it comes to the topic of do TV shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” promote or discourage teenage pregnancy, most of us will readily agree that it in fact does promote teenage pregnancy. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of how does this promote teenage pregnancy. Whereas some are convinced that it promotes teenage pregnancy through the fame some of the young couples have achieved, others maintain that it in fact discourages teenage pregnancy by showing the struggles and realities of having a child at such a young age. I agree that the show “16 and Pregnant” promotes teenage pregnancy because a new Indiana University research study confirms it. According to Indiana University Telecommunications professor, Nicole Martins, who surveyed 185 high school students that watch “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” the results showed that, "Heavy viewing of teen mom reality programming positively predicted unrealistic perceptions of what it is like to be a teen mother" (Martins 1). In other words, many young teens do not comprehend the reality of being a teen parent. Heavy viewers of these shows were more likely to think that teen parents have a lot of time to themselves, furthermore thinking that teen moms are in a position to finish high school as well as work. While producers of “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” went into the making of these shows with good intentions, by trying to help teens discover the reality of becoming a teen parent,

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