Do you think the movies you watch influence how you behave? A recent study sure suggests it does!
In the Dartmouth University study, psychology scientists suggest that kids who watch movies containing sexual content are more likely to begin having sex at a much younger age than those who don’t. They also have more casual sexual relationships.
The longitudinal study, titled, “Greater Exposure to Sexual Content in Popular Movies Predicts Earlier Sexual Debut and Increased Risk Taking,” put together a list of hundreds of popular movies. They then coded each movie according to its sexual content, ranging from passionate kissing to sex scenes. Finally, the team interviewed 1,230 teens between the ages of 12 and 14, asking them which of the movies they watched.
Kids who are watching more of these movies lose their virginity at a younger age (Ross O’Hara, Lead Author).
Six years later, the research team interviewed the same teens, now young adults. They questioned their sexual behavior and made their conclusion, as stated above.
Sexual content may accelerate the normal rise of sensation seeking during adolescence, thereby promoting risky behavior (study).
This study reflects much of what we have discussed here on Project Inspired. Posts such as Is Dakota Fanning’s New Movie a Bad Message for Girls?, Do You Want More God-Honoring Shows on TV? We Do Too!, and Friends with Benefits: Not! all discuss the danger of movies and shows that put sex in the forefront of their storyline. We have felt such shows are bad influences on young girls because they promote sexual behavior. Our concerns have always been that these shows and movies will encourage bad behavior from the girls who watch them.
This study is an indication that our concerns are valid. The media is constantly offering young viewers television shows and movies that include sexual content in some form, and the extent of that content is getting more risqué because young viewers have become desensitized to anything less.
Therefore, we continue to urge you ladies to be very vigilant about the movies and shows that you watch.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. (Psalm 101 verse 3)
“Greater Exposure to Sexual Content in Popular Movies Predicts Earlier Sexual Debut and Increased Risk Taking” is a truth that can’t be ignored. I believe that these shows do encourage young girls to stray away from what Christ teaches us through scripture. So the only solution at this point–since Hollywood has its own agenda–is to stay away from these movies and shows. Don’t watch them. Put God first.
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:18-19)
PI ladies, what do you think about this study? Do you believe that watching movies with sexual content influences girls to have sex earlier in their lives?