Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:32:38 AM
A total of 367,752 infants were born to young women in 2010. It is a very high number of infants, however, a record low for the United State teenagers who fall in the age groups. The number is a drop of 9 percent from a year before. Despite the declines, United States teenage pregnancy, birth, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and abortion rates are much higher than those of other western industrialized nations. Still, the big question is longed to be answered: what is attributed to the decline of teenage pregnancies?
Music Television (MTV) has been criticized for its popular shows, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom. Perhaps, unbeknownst to the MTV network, they have scared teenagers with the possibility of becoming pregnant. Getting pregnant has of course always been the fear of many teenagers, but it has now grown into an issue that is taken much more seriously. Of the many episodes MTV airs of 16 & Pregnant, there has definitely been at least one that could relate to each teenage girl out there. Seeing the way that a child could be so little, but cause so much, can be extremely frightening. The determination of not falling into the shoes of any of these girls has almost become a goal to every teenage girl who has viewed any one of these programs.
The constant showing of commercials for condoms and birth control may also alert teens to the safety precautions they can take if they decide to be sexually active.
All American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Family’s Secret Life of an American Teenager talks about is sex. The everlasting topic of sex may have nauseated teenager enough to not even want to think of it.
Parents, enraged of the broadcast of all of these shows, may have decided to buckle down and make it clear that a teenage pregnancy in the household would not be tolerated.
These days it seems as if teenage pregnancy is welcomed to public high schools. Nothing gives the outcast of a school more attention than a bulging belly that has a soon-to-be born infant kicking around inside. Whether it is good or bad, many teenage girls crave this attention. There was a time where if you were known to be pregnant, you were shipped off to a public school. A girl who was pregnant may have been talked about but were rarely seen around. Now some schools are even building daycare centers for the school. Students, who see this going on, don’t want to experience it. They notice how hard it is for the teenage mother to patch up a relationship with the father of her child and struggle to keep up with their school work.
Although it may seem like that teenage pregnancy is glorified in today’s media, birth rate records of women ages 15 to 19 have shown that it has declined. Students not wanting to live the complicated life they see on television or lived by the students at school are attributed to the decline of teenage pregnancy.