Monday, 4 May 2015

Music, TV and Juvenile Behavior

The present generation of adolescents is cynical, preoccupied with material acquisitions, and uninterested in creative expression. By age eighteen they have spent more time in front of a television set than in the classroom; each year they may see up to one thousand rapes, murders and assaults on TV.

In the 1980s, teenagers were reading comic books, but now they are watching TV shows and movies that rely on graphic scenes of sex and violence as their main theme. Today teens are listening to rap songs such as “char bottle vodka kaam mera roz ka”; “Mein toh tandoori murgi hun yaar, gataka le alchohol se” and “Gand mein dum hai toh band karva le; party yun hi chalegi”. How will this exposure affect them? Should we be concerned? May be we should. 

A recent study by Steven Martino and his colleagues found that kids who listen to music with sexual content are much more likely to engage in unsafe sex than adolescents whose musical tastes run to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the “Sound of Music”.

Ref- Juvenile Deliquency- The core- Larry J. Siegel & Brandon Welse- 3rd Edition
Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist and the author of novel #IAm16ICanRape: The War Against Rape Culture. 

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