Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:19:43 PM
First off, I’d like to say that I think pregnancy is a beautiful thing; there is just a right time for it to take place. Pregnancy of girl teenagers – from 15 to 19 years of age – has had a downfall in numbers. Teenagers that are still in school are seen by today’s society as “careless”, “reckless”, and “irresponsible.” Teenage pregnancy rates are declining because of this, because they are aware of their future, television shows teenagers the reality of being a “teen mom”, and the thought of telling their parents is scary.
Who wants to be looked down upon and called names because they are having a baby? Not me, along with many other teenage girls. Adults and other teenagers frown upon raising a baby without full financial support. Girls see other girls being impregnated and often find themselves talking poorly about that person. “It was an accident,” they say. You still are pregnant and you are still having a baby.
Financial struggling makes it hard to get into college, making it important for teenagers to focus on more important things, such as their grade point average during high school. Girls getting pregnant throughout high school drop out, making it more than likely for them to not get a college degree; their future is ruined. I’m not saying having a child is a terrible thing, but it is for adults who are financially stable and are ready to begin a family. In this world’s society today, girls are able to do many jobs that a man is. Women see this and want to take the next step into their future, so they focus more on their grades and education, instead of boys.
Shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom definitely make teenagers more aware of the reality of having a baby. Babies are not only “cute” and “fun”, but they are hard to handle. Babies suck up a woman’s energy, money, and time. Girls who watch these television shows begin to imagine what life would be like if they were to have a child of their own; the majority of them do not like what they see, holding them back from “making a baby.”
The thought of having a pregnant girlfriend is dreadful. A couple may converse about how they would tell their parents if the girl in the relationship was pregnant; what would they do? Many boys see teen pregnancy as “scary” and “unfortunate”. Because of this, teenage girls are more afraid to get pregnant; they do not want to lose their boyfriends or be judged.
Teenage pregnancy has declined majorly over the last few years. Teenagers see pregnancy as a struggle in their already stressful lives. In today’s society, college and careers are as important as ever, making girls work harder in their high school experiences. Also, television networks are providing a negative viewpoint on the subject. In conclusion, teenage pregnancy rates are witnessing a downfall.