The exciting topic I have chosen for study is the relationship between human sexuality and the media. With the increasing use of technology, it is essential that study is done to determine the impacts technology has on human sexuality, especially teenagers. The increasing concerns on teenager’s exposure to media contents and effects the contents have on their sexual beliefs, behavior, and attitude have attracted my attention. Thus, a great deal of research attention has been devoted to comprehending what puts teenagers to early pregnancy and contracting of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) given their enormous social, economic, and public health consequences (Gruber & Grube, 2000).
Although the sexual content conveyed through media can influence any age group of teenagers, the most vulnerable are adolescents. Adolescents’ group of teenagers is vulnerable because they are undergoing a developmental period in sexual behaviors, attitudes, and gender roles (Ward & DeLamater, 2015). Survey data indicates that adolescents’ access to and use of media as sources of information are substantial. More than eighty percent of the adolescents report that their peers have found out about sex, violence, and drugs from movies, television shows, and other media entertainment (Gruber & Grube, 2000).
This study will be beneficial to the parents or guardians of these teenagers who are vulnerable to sexual content aired in media outlets. The study gives them solutions to ensure teenagers are safe from media contents to help them form negative impacts of the contents. Parental control is an effective way to keep these teenagers from the media. Also, having an open discussion regarding these sexual content with teenagers will help them curb the impacts when they meet the contents in the media.
Gruber, E., & Grube, J. W. (2000). Adolescent sexuality and the media: a review of current knowledge and implications. The Western journal of medicine. Retrieved 19 October 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070813/
Ward, A., & Delamater, J. (2015). Media and sex. The international encyclopedia of human sexuality. Retrieved 19 October 2020, from https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118896877.wbiehs295