This is from a post on the Family Life NZ blog, Semper Vita, in response to a poster who asked what was so wrong with showing intimate scenes on TV given violence that is depicted and accepted.
As bad as depiction of gratuitous violence on television is, I think it’s evident enough that depiction of sexual scenes affect people much more immediately and internally, to an extent that would not be healthy for children who are neither emotionally nor relationally ready. Such exposures tend to make them regard as normal, and more likely to go into, something that they are unprepared to go through with with commitment due to the consequences and responsibility that naturally follow. This much is usually common sense.
As the article “Sex, sadness and suicide” from WorldNetDaily points out, there’s something of a glamorization of licentious lifestyles on television that’s far from reality:
“Even those TV viewers who consider themselves big fans of the teen soaps – “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Party of Five” and the now-defunct “Dawson’s Creek” – must have realized that something about the way those shows depicted sex just didn’t ring true.”
It quotes a research paper from Heritage, “Sexually Active Teenagers Are More Likely to Be Depressed and to Attempt Suicide”, which shows a significant correlation between early sexual activity and rate of depression and suicide among teenagers. 63% (v.s. 32%) of boys and 72% (v.s. 25%) of girls admit they regret having early sexual encounters when they were not ready.
The greater percentage among girls is particularly notable when placed in context of greater likelihood of life-long effects for them, including (from “Harmful Effects of Early Sexual Activity and Multiple SexualPartners Among Women: Charts”) greater likeliness of contracting STD’s, having out-of-wedlock pregnancies, less stable marriages and abortions, becoming single mothers, and so on and so forth. In real life, as these research clearly show, those with more sexual partners and those who become sexually active at an early age are in fact less happy, and more likely to be depressed.
Those promoting promiscuous attitudes are clearly acting irresponsibly (knowingly or otherwise), and they do not have the best interests of the person in mind.