Among the top 20 most watched shows by teens, 70% include sexual content, and nearly half (45%) include sexual behavior.Some pundits think parents should compete with this unhealthy version of sex by constantly describing how great sex is in marriage. But nobody makes commercials to sell delicious, home-cooked meals; it's only junk food that requires a marketing plan. The flavor of marital intimacy is more delectable because it's not flaunted for other people's consumption. The best way to lead our teens to choose a nutritious, healthy lifestyle is to live it ourselves — no secret overdoses of junk food, no bulimia after the binge, no strange diets that obsess us. If we enjoy simple, healthy sex, home-cooked and holy, without saying too much about it, odds are they'll choose the same kind of diet for themselves.
During prime time hours sex is even more common with nearly 8 in 10 (77%) shows including sexual content, averaging 5.9 sexual scenes per hour.
Two-thirds (68%) of all shows include talk about sex and 35% of all shows include sexual behaviors.
Reality shows are the only genre of programming in which less than two-thirds (28%) of shows include sexual content. The percentage of shows with sexual content by genre includes movies 92%, sitcoms 87%, drama series 87%, and soap operas 85%.
A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that there's twice as much sex on television today as there was in 1988:
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