One cause of teenage pregnancy are the pressures put on teens from media and their peers. Sexual exposure on television and in movies stress adolescents to engage in premarital sex. Many programs glamorize teen pregnancy; these programs include MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” , Teen Nick’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation“, and the Fox Searchlight film “Juno”. According to the article “Sex on TV Increases Teen Pregnancy“ in “Time” magazine by Alice Park, researchers at the Rand Corp. say they have documented for the first time how such exposure can influence teen pregnancy rates. They found that teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV are twice as likely as teens watching less of this material to become pregnant before they reach age 20.
Teenage Pregnancy Rate Of the 29 million young people between the ages of 13 and 19, approximately 12 million have had sexual intercourse. Of this group, in 1981, more than 1.1 million became pregnant; three- quarters of these pregnancies were unintended, and 434,000 ended in abortion (What Government Can Do, 1984). The number of pregnancies increased among teenagers in all age groups during the 1970s, but among those who were sexually active the pregnancy rate has been declining. Because of increased and more consistent use of contraceptives by teenagers, the rate of pregnancy among them has been increasing more slowly than their rate of sexual activity. Although the number of teenagers who are sexually active increased by two-thirds over the 1970s, over half of U.S. teenagers are sexually inactive (Teenage Pregnancy, 1981).
Teenage pregnancy is a rising factor throughout the world that’s caused by many unfortunate actions. Teenagers feel the need to engage in sexual activities due to peer pressure, violence and statutory rape. In some cases teens end up birthing their babies and in other cases they abort them. To help teens understand the consequences and reality of teen pregnancy, abstinence education and sex education can be introduced to steer teens in a better direction and help them to decide the appropriate outcome for their babies. Multiple teens are conceiving a day resulting in just as many births a day.
Therefore, there is a big difference of a girl’s behavior in 1840 than a girl’s behavior in 2007. Thus, Female teenagers are becoming more mature and are interfering adult’s world at a very young age, which will put them more at risk of having sex. This is applied for boys as well, as they enter the phase of puberty; their hormones drive them to a need for a sexual relationship in order to satisfy them. Some teenagers believe that having sex is something natural and usual. It is proven by the growing concern about young people's exposure to sexual content through different product of media.
Nevertheless, there are many possibilities to make pregnancy a less occurring incident through preparation of high-pressure situations, knowledge of physical changes and discomforts of pregnancy, and sex education. Many people believe that girls don’t fall under pressure and that they convey strength at the very moment they are pressured. The pressure to engage in sex increases during middle adolescence. Many adolescents in the United States begin to experience sex and later experience negative consequences as well. 47.4% of students in 2011 coming into high school reported ever engaging in sexual intercourse and over the past decade, the percentage of high school students reporting sexual intercourse has kept increasing from 45.6% in 2001 to 47.4% in 2011.Studies display as more and more pressure is put on a person to forget about what they think, feel, or believe then temptation becomes like a virus and one does what he/she was tempted to do simply to make another person “happy” or to stop the pressure.
Teenager pregnancy has an important effect on society and disturbing both short and long term economic resources (Folken et al., 2014). There are a lot of teenagers who are sexually active at an early age (Langille, 2007). It have shown in studies that teenagers are involved in sexual intercourse by the end of high school. The age before 15, 10 percent have had intercourse. The rate of pregnancy per 1,000 females aged 15 -19 years in United States is 76.4 percent in 2002.
Premarital sex is a growing, and important issue. Premarital sex is usually the cause of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and deep, emotions of regret. Sexually transmitted diseases flourish in a society of premarital sex, where teens have many sex partners. A direct result of this, is STD's becoming more abundant among the population. One reason for the plague of STD's is the misuse of contraceptives by teens.
Adolescence can be a time filled with uncertainty and excitement. Boys and girls alike worry about their looks, grades, peer pressure, dating, and their futures. When sex is added to the mix, another layer of anxiety or concern can bring about more complications to an already overwhelmed teen. The consequences of becoming sexually active during adolescence can include pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and depression. One obvious consequence teens face when they become sexually active is pregnancy.
Since puberty is occurring at a younger age, marriage is delayed until later in life. A growing number of sexually transmitted diseases occur more frequently in adolescents (Fantasia, 2008). In society today, sex among adolescents is on the rise due to lack of education, lack of parental influence, and peer pressure. In the past, adolescents were educated about sex. Now adolescents need to know the pros and cons when making a decision to have sex.
Therefore,... ... middle of paper ... ... mix of media and teens has resulted in an increase in teenage pregnancy which can be fixed. Works Cited Chandra, Anita. Exposure to Sex on TV May Increase the Chance of Teen Pregnancy. Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corp., 2008. Print.