A new study concludes that the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" reduced teenage births by nearly 6% in the year and a half after the show started airing, countering concerns that the popular show has glamorized teen motherhood.
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This article is about how what might be considered negative media positively effects teens and youth. It claims that although the show 16 and Pregnant on MTV is awful look into the lives of young mothers, it provides just what the modern teenager needs in preventing pregnancy. That seeing how drastically these girls lives' change, draws their curiosity in safe sex, and birth control, even going as far to say that this could be the modern sex education. It does acknowledge the other discourses of the effects of similar shows and the ideas of teen mothers in youths eyes, that it may not be as straight forward and beneficial as the more recent studies in comparison to others. The article uses exciting words when describing the decline in teen pregnancies to make them seem more significant. It is assumed that being a teen mother means extreme life change, eliminating the father factor of their lives, and that it is all in the hands of the mother. It also assumes that many young girls never thought about the consequences of being a young mother, and that 16 and Pregnant was one of the only ways that children would see this kind of thing.