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Media Doesn't Really Make Kids Grow Up Faster

Britney Spears

Britney Spears: role model?

We all worry about our kids growing up too fast. Sheltering them from racy movies, music and video games seems like a logical step.

Several studies have found that kids who watch a lot of sexy media will have sex at a young age themselves. But the link might be circumstantial, not causal.

A new study from Temple University suggests that conventional wisdom might be wrong.

Teenagers who are more interested in sex consume more adult media, not the other way around. Kids who are highly religious, for example, are both less likely to watch MTV all night and less likely to get busy with their boyfriends. The link isn’t causal: both behaviors are related to their religious upbringing.

It seems hard to believe the media our kids consume doesn’t affect their behavior. At the same time, I’ve long been a supporter of non-censorship. As a writer I know there’s a wide gap between the things we fantasize about in fiction and the things we do in real life.

I’m choosing to believe the Temple research team on this. Why?

Because this is great news for me: it means I can stop losing sleep over letting my daughters watch that Britney Spear’s tribute episode of Glee.

Photo: twinkleboi

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