Friday, February 26, 2010

Fletch Studies Shows What Common Sense Should Already Tell Us

Well, according to a report on TVNZ One News this afternoon, a new study shows that children exposed to adult oriented programming are more likely to be sexualized at an earlier age. It's reported here in the Times Colonist as well.

Watching adult-oriented TV shows and movies might prompt children to start having sex at an earlier age, according to a new study released by Children's Hospital Boston.

The research suggests that early onset of sexual activity among teens might relate to the amount of adult content they watched as children.

"Children have neither the life experience nor the brain development to fully differentiate between a reality they are moving toward and a fiction meant solely to entertain," said David Bickham, a co-author of the study. "Children learn from media, and when they watch media with sexual references and innuendoes, our research suggests, they are more likely to engage in sexual activity earlier in life."

There is also a new study which suggests that boys who watch porn are more likely to have sexual relations and to harass girls in school. Really? Never would have picked that one either.

Boys who see pornography regularly are more likely to have sexual relations and harass girls in school, a new study has found. Michael Flood, a researcher with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, said that exposure of children to pornography results in “a range of notable and often troubling effects.”

“Exposure to pornography,” Flood wrote, “helps to sustain young people’s adherence to sexist and unhealthy notions of sex and relationships.”
Of course, this is all pretty much common sense stuff really. What goes in comes out.

There is a new site that has been launched called Pornography Harms.

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