"Adult entertainment often deals with issues and challenges that adults face, including the complexities of sexual relationships," said David Bickham, PhD, co-author of the study. "Children have neither the life experience nor the brain development to fully differentiate between a reality they are moving toward and a fiction meant solely to entertain. Children learn from media, and when they watch media with sexual references and innuendos, our research suggests they are more likely to engage in sexual activity earlier in life."
To which I say two things: BS, and it's about time.
The amount of time children watch television pales in comparison to the amount of time they're forced to attend school. The government gets these little bastards for eight hours a day, sometimes more, and has been pumping them full of abstinence only propaganda. Propaganda we know does not work. Yet it's still funded- even this year, with president Obama cutting federal funding, we're still spending about $160M on it in 2009.
And people are concerned about the effects on kids of watching television?
We need a positive portrayal of sex on television, to counteract the BS the kids are being fed when they're forced to attend school. Television is fighting the good fight here, and more power to it.
Until schools start teaching promiscuity only sex education, I guess we'll have to settle for seeing it on TV. It's better than nothing, I guess.