Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:15:28 AM
Teen pregnancy, a trend that has been going on for the last few decades, has finally decreased. Perhaps adolescents have finally gotten smarter than before, or perhaps it is just the influence of a TV reality show such as "16 and Pregnant" along with the sex-ed courses taught at school, up to peer pressures. Either way, the teen pregnancy issue can finally be put to rest as each teen has come to realize to horrible aftermath of "lust".
Adolescents in each generation have proved themselves to be more intelligent than the previous. The influences of the past generation along with technology, examples of other peers, have all partaken in the part of preventing teen pregnancy. Teens these days know what they're doing, and they use protection whenever they want to do things. The teens saw the after math of pregnancy TV shows, they know, at least to a degree, the horror of having a baby and what it can do to a their life. Having a baby at age 15 not only brings one stress, it takes a toll on one both physically and emotionally. Not to mention the fact that family members might even disown you (or maybe just be horribly disappointed) for being reckless at such a young age.
Sex-ed also contributes to lowering birth rates. Good teachers show the class about the horror and silliness of becoming a teen mom, influencing teens to think twice about their choice of actions. Sexually transmitted diseases are also things that people do not want to catch (for it is possible to give birth to a baby with your disease). Also, talking about teen pregnancies in class also allows one to discuss with one's peers. Peers have a great influence on each other since no one wants to be judged by each other (and also their actions).
All in all, adolescents are cleverer than the previous generations by learning from their past examples. In addition, TV shows’ absurdness and truthfulness has allowed each teenager to think about the consequences of one’s actions. Sex-ed courses, in turn, teach adolescents their own body and what kind of harm could be done to it by having unprotected sex. Up to peer pressures, where each peer’s view of you is more important (or at least should be in this sense) than almost everything else.
Truth is, being a teenage mother is something that no one wants to be anymore, and adolescents are intelligent for realizing that today.