The proceeding trends show an increase in porn or poison as some critics would call it
What effect has this unsought of smut had on America's youth? A report in 1999 said youths approval of causal sex was down to a record low of 39.6%. This is down from 51.9% on 1987(7 ).
In 2006 researchers disclosed, people aren't having there first sexual encounter any earlier than they did ten years ago(8 ).
UNITED STATES ALL YEARS PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE FOR THE FIRST TIME BEFORE AGE 13 YEARS YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/Healthy Youth Home
Between the years of 1995 and 2002 sexual activity between younger teenage boys and girls dropped significantly(9 ).
Morals, losing the "culture war"?
Research has shown religion plays an important part of American adolescents lives. There was a drop in attending religious serves the late 1970's but it stabilized 1991. Also there was no impact on other taking part in other religious activities(10 ).
Indeed research by Child Trends shows that since 1972 adolescent religiosity has risen and fallen but remained fairly stable.
Just being exposed to media that has sexual content will not make teens deny or ignore values given by families, school, religious teachings, and other respected adults (11 ).
A study released in 2009 showed older people tended to say religion played an important role in their life. In fact the older they got the more important it got. They survey said a third respondents also said the older they got the more important religion got. Odd, it seems if there was a sole direct negative effect, it would tend to build up over time. Maybe things that are viewed as religious or morality naturally shift as a person ages, regardless of what media they consume (12 ).
There's always the concern over pornographic material and its impact on adolescence. It should be noted that children by the age of four are already developing ideas of what is right and wrong(13 ). Other research also confirms early start moral deployment(14 ). Research has said Significant others in the teenagers' lives may help improve in moral-ethical, family and social area with special concerted efforts."(15 ).