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The amount of sex kids see in movies could influence their sexual behavior later in life, a new study says.
In the study, young teens who watched movies with more sexual content tended to become sexually active at an earlier age, and engaged in riskier sexual behaviors, compared with those who watched movies with less sexual content.
The study found an association, and not a cause-effect link. However, “sensation seeking, or the tendency to seek more novel and intense sexual stimulation, does seem to increase in young people who watched more movies with sexually explicit content,” said study researcher Ross O’Hara, a researcher at the University of Missouri.
O’Hara and colleagues analyzed information from 1,228 kids who were 12 and 14 years old at the study’s start.
Each participant reported which movies they had seen out of a list of the 50 top-grossing films from 1998 to 2004. These films had been evaluated to measure their sexual content.
Six years later, the participants were surveyed to find out how old they were when they became sexually active, and how risky their sexual behavior was, including whether they used condoms consistently, or had multiple partners.
Teens who reported watching movies with more sexual content started having sex at younger ages, had more sexual partners, and were less likely to use condoms with casual sex partners, the study found.
The results held when the researchers took into account factors that could effect when a person becomes sexually active, including their socioeconomic status, family structure and TV use.
Hollywood needs to get people back in theaters, so it’s about to add a new dimension—think 4-D, instead of 3-D.
Get ready to be enveloped in fog, smell scents, and feel your seat rumble while in the theater, reports the Los Angeles Times. The big push is coming from Asia’s CJ Group, which is working with a US chain to have 200 4-D theaters in the country in the next five years. Whatever you’re paying now to go to a movie, expect to add another $8 for the new effects.
That may sound steep, but the experiment is working well at theaters in South Korea, Thailand, and Mexico. Movie studios are on board, and they swear they’ll work to avoid what one programmer calls “sensory overload” and to improve upon gimmicky features of yore such as “Smell-O-Vision.” The LAT provides some examples of the 4-D technique: In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, seats rocked back and forth to simulate boat movement during an attack; later, moviegoers got sprayed with water.
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