Reality dating teens
With MTV’s teen moms in the limelight, getting pregnant in high school is just not shocking anymore.
In part, because these shows are shown so much, having sex as a teen has become an accepted and unremarkable practice, ultimately contributing to America’s social problems, rather than correcting them.
Teens didn’t even want people in their schools to know, let alone the entire country.
Sadly, these stars sometimes have more money and fame and influence over teens than doctors, educators, businessmen and women.
In February, ABC News reported that when two friends of Jenelle Evans, a mother on “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom 2,” got pregnant, eyebrows were raised.
What the two friends have called a coincidence has fueled speculation that they got pregnant for fame’s sake.
The United States has the highest teenage birth rate among fully-industrialized countries, at 3.9 percent in 2009 for 15-19 year olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This number is high compared to other industrialized nations, such as Canada and France.
But the media, making celebrities out of the teen moms, has made the show detrimental to its core audience.