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What we see when we see movies

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Interesting post by Ilan Shrira, a visiting professor of social psychology at the University of Florida. It begins:

Which of these groups is portrayed most favorably in American movies?

a) Smokers
b) Psychiatrists
c) CEOs
d) P.E. teachers

Read on…

A study published in the journal Pediatrics this month showed that exposure to sexual content in the media predicted a greater risk of adolescent pregnancy. Researchers followed teenagers over a 3-year period, finding that those who watched a great deal of sex on TV were twice as likely to get pregnant or to impregnate someone else, compared to those who watched only a little. These results could not be explained by the teenagers’ family environment, performance in school, history of deviant behavior, or any other factor.

Parents have always raged against the media for bringing taboo topics and explicit material closer and closer to the mainstream, from sex and violence to unsavory role models who use drugs or embrace “alternative lifestyles”. Though it’s debatable how much these images affect the average person, studies like this have been confirming parents’ fears — these images can have a profound impact on behavior. We want to focus on portrayals in mainstream American movies, in part because many of these films are distributed worldwide and seen by millions of people outside the country too.

Early criticisms of film content were based on the observation …

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 November 2008 at 10:58 am

Posted in Daily life, Movies & TV, Science

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