Sunday, October 05, 2008

The harmfulness of sexual content of TV


From LifeSiteNews, via CFNews: Content analyses demonstrate that TV programming is highly saturated with sexual content and risky sexual behaviour. A new study in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Communication shows that people with direct experience with such behaviour are not influenced by its portrayal on TV. However, those without direct experience are more likely to participate in the unsafe behaviour in the future, regardless of the consequences displayed.

Robin L. Nabi and Shannon Clark of the University of California conducted two studies to assess whether or not televised depictions of risky sexual behaviours alter viewers' expectations of their own future sexual behaviours, regardless of their consequences

In the first study, researchers examined the contents of TV programming schemas and found that viewers expect main characters to ultimately survive and thrive despite the adversity they face. In the second study, college women were exposed to various portrayals of promiscuous sexual behaviour, such as one night stands, that were edited to display more or less positive or negative outcomes.

Portrayals of the risky behaviour were likely to affect only those without direct experience with the target behaviour. The portrayal of outcomes-good or bad-did not affect attitudes or intentions regarding that behaviour.

Specifically, for those who had not previously had a one night stand, viewing fictional depictions of this behaviour significantly increased expectations of the likelihood of having one in the future, regardless of the positive or negative outcomes portrayed.

'Even when behaviours are negatively portrayed, audiences may be motivated to model them anyways,' the authors conclude. 'We hope this research stimulates greater care in the application and testing of psychological theories to the study of media content and effects.' [LifeSiteNews]

No comments:

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen