What Teens Learn from Watching Television: Part 2

In my previous post, I suggested a connection between watching sexual content on TV and having more permissive attitudes about sex in general (Ward, Epstein, Caruthers, & Merriwether, 2011; Ward & Friedman, 2006; Ward & Rivadeneyra, 1999). Now that you know this, do you agree? And where do we go from here? The important thing to understand about this research is that it is SUGGESTING … Continue reading What Teens Learn from Watching Television: Part 2

What Teens Learn from Watching Television: Part 1

Hold on tight, folks, because I’m gonna get a little theoretical today. Many people tend to get nervous when talking about research, but it is SO important to know about it, especially when it comes to understanding the effects of media on teens and young adults. To put it simply, social theories try to help explain why people behave the way they do. In terms … Continue reading What Teens Learn from Watching Television: Part 1

The history of the movie rating system: A review of This Film is Not Yet Rated

Ever wonder where those movie ratings came from? G, PG, PG-13, R, and the elusive NC-17? There turns out to be an incredible history behind the development of those ratings, especially the more mature ratings. This Film is Not Yet Rated is a 2006 documentary that explores the history of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating system (Dick, 2006). Interestingly enough, in the … Continue reading The history of the movie rating system: A review of This Film is Not Yet Rated

For Families: How to use the TV and movie rating system as a conversation starter

There has been a push (for ages now) for getting families to talk about the media that their teens consume. It is so important to talk about it, though, because it is a major part of their lives. It might be difficult and awkward as an adult to relate to what young people watch today, and there may be an urge to condemn everything upon … Continue reading For Families: How to use the TV and movie rating system as a conversation starter

Talking while watching TV: The secret art of media literacy

We’ve all had that experience at some point in our lives. We’re sitting at home, watching our favorite show (perhaps a family comedy or teen drama) and suddenly the person or people next to us start a dialogue. A rather LOUD one. You might smile back in politeness, but inside you are really annoyed. You might quietly shush them or try to redirect them back … Continue reading Talking while watching TV: The secret art of media literacy