Gossip Girl Can Get YOU Pregnant?

A new study finds that girls who watch racy shows, like Gossip Girl, have a much higher chance of getting pregnant than those who settle for less sexually charged TV.

Photo Credit: CW Television. Article excerpt from New York Daily News: Rand Corp. behavioral scientist Anita Chandra found teens who watched the sexiest shows were twice as likely to become pregnant over the next three years as those who watched few such programs.

Shows that highlight only the positive aspects of sexual behavior and not the risks can lead teens to have unprotected sex ‘before they’re ready to make responsible and informed decisions,’ Chandra said.The study, released Monday in the November issue of Pediatrics,
involved 2,003 boys and girls nationwide between the ages 12 and 17 who
were questioned in 2001 about their viewing habits.

Participants were asked how often they watched any of more than 20 TV
shows popular among teens or which were found to have lots of sexual
content, including ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘That ’70s Show’ and ‘Friends.’

Pregnancies were twice as common among those who said they watched such
shows regularly compared with teens who said they hardly ever watched
them.

Bill Albert, chief officer at the National Campaign
to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, said the study ‘catches up with common
sense. Media helps shape the social script for teenagers. Most parents know
that. This is just good research to confirm that.’

  • ashleyyyx3

    yeaah thats wateverr to me.
    im not goin to get pregnant
    im not going to have sex :)
    &+ i still love Gossip Girl…
    wut nowww?

  • Lola

    well it’s only stupid people who have unprotected sex.. sex is beautiful just have to be careful..

  • Raccheel

    bullshit.
    I still love Gossip Girl.
    And I’m 14 and I’m not planning on having sex anytime soon.

  • Anonymous

    GG doesnt follow the book directly which means chuck wont b coming out

  • http://www.youtube.com/KatJonasx KatJonasx

    Shhh! Gossip Girl is the best show ever! :)

  • Anonymous

    jonas helps keep the rest of the girls stable.

  • Elle

    yea sex is beautiful..and for marriage.
    It will be WAY more beautiful if you wait to have sex in marriage.

  • Kayla

    yeah whatever
    it doesnt bother me
    because i know its a show and it does tend to infulence people but i guess its different for me
    i would never get pregnant, i have good morals and my parents.

    I cant believe nate is leaving out of town!!! he and jenny might break up!!! and her dad is sucha BITCH!!! that episode pssd me off!.

  • Sneha

    jonas helps keep the rest of the girls stable
    ——
    lmao

  • lauren

    bull shit
    its people desicion to have sex(most of the time) and its there desicion to have unprotected sex therefore a show doesnt really have that much effect if a person doesnt have protected sex and gets pregnant thats their own damn fault not GG i wish tabloids and news and stuff will stop trying to create drama and just stfu i feel like society is always trying to blame everything under the sun for peoples mistakes if a person makes a mistake it THEIR fault not the TV shows or anything else.

  • tara

    omg i know that ep was so shitty
    god i wanted jenny and nate to last
    and her dad is a but whole
    at least jenny left home
    im so happy for that!
    maybe her career will take off to wherever shes going!

  • Nicole

    Kay, question for you GG fans: Has Chuck come out yet? I haven’t seen any of the show I don’t know where this season would correspond with the books (or if they’re even following them that closely).

  • Anonymous

    haha id believe it. i love when kids try to act like shows, media etc. have absolutely no influence on their decisions whatsoever. yea right.

  • Anonymous

    you stole this & mischa from perez. get real oceanup! find your own stories please, i mean ESPECIALLY this…

  • mila

    WHAT THE HELL? that 70s show? you have a problem with that 70s show, you have a problem with me.

    that 70s show is not going to make me pregnant, i think it has nothing to do with that, i mean, even if i liked gossip girl (wich i dont)i wouldn’t go to the first guy i met and just have sex, i mean it doesn’t have any influence on me, and i guess it doesnt have any influence on you either.

    although, i agree a little bit that tv its really a big influence on the teen population, i dont think any healthy person would just imitate this kinda of trashy show. (im talking about gossip girl)

  • lalala

    biggest load of toss ever. :P

  • http://xanga.com/HighHeelsRedDress TEAM EVERYONE (:

    jonas helps keep the rest of the girls stable.

    truedat (:

  • Eneyi

    jonas helps keep the rest of the girls stable.

    ————-

    I had a good laugh at that lol.
    Unless you are super easily influenced/ stupid and decide to have unprotected sex it is possible to love Gossip Girl(and the Jonas Brothers for that matter [not that they're really relevant here lol]) and not become a pregnant teenager.

  • Anonymous

    its not the show’s fault america is filled with sluts

  • GG4EEVER!!!

    yea sex is beautiful..and for marriage.
    It will be WAY more beautiful if you wait to have sex in marriage.

    —————————————

    i totally agree thats why i have a purity ring and ive had it for a long time not just cuz jb has it!!!!! GOSSIP GIRL IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!

    OMG i was freakin out when jenny kissed nate OMG Chase Crawford is SOO HAWT!!!

    xoxo Gossip Girl lol jk

  • Brittany

    WRONG!
    I have watched One Tree Hill since Season 1 which was 6 years ago and I am waiting until marriage.
    I have also watched Gossip Girl and I am fine.
    So stop blaming TV shows for pregnant teens and blame the hormonal teens!

  • wowzers

    I saw this article today and i was like you’ve got to be kidding me! Yeah the show is racy but that doesn’t make me wanna fuck the next person I see. The shows enjoyable and I think people know that they’re just acting

  • Anonymous

    i’ve decided to wait till marriage. jb has influenced me to stay pure but i don’t have a purity ring just because jb has one. it was my personal choice. i want my first time to be special that’s why im waiting

  • jenny

    OMG, this is the most ridiculous shit oceanup posted
    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GOSSIP GIRL IS NOT GOING TO MAKE GIRLS THINK MORE ABOUT SEX !
    if they want to have sex go ahead, the problem is not having sex, is not having safe sex !
    if you have safe sex it’s ok, you’re not going to hell because you slept with a guy before the wedding, but you’re life can turn to hell if you’re 15 with a baby.

  • everyone says that only completely stupid teens get influenced by sexual shows. some very smart people tend to be influenced too. if the show shows a girl getting pregnant by the boyfriend who says that he loves her and they end up happy ever after, instantly a good amount of teens will believe that the same situation can be common in real life. also, some people STILL do not realise that characters in shows like gossip girl are created and are not real people.

    e.g. a few days ago on yahoo! answers, a girl asked why jenny and nate (gossip girl) are rarely seen together when photographed by the paparazzi- she thought that the characters were real. another example is that a guy asked whether there is some kind of fued going on between miley cyrus and hannah montana because they are never together in public!

    these are real examples!

    it much easier to be influenced than what people think!

  • jlcdiver

    WRONG!
    I have watched One Tree Hill since Season 1 which was 6 years ago and I am waiting until marriage.
    I have also watched Gossip Girl and I am fine.
    So stop blaming TV shows for pregnant teens and blame the hormonal teens!
    ________________________________
    i totally agree. im also waiting till marriage and im love one tree hill and gossip girl. it’s not the tv shows fault it’s because ppl are becoming sluttier and sluttier. i hear stories about 12 year olds getting fingered and what not.

  • Julia

    The statistics are shit. They fixed them.

  • Clara

    this is ridiculous
    I find it unbelievable how many people will invent imaginary surveys and studies just to prove a point that they can’t find support for anywhere else
    girls get pregnant everywhere, no matter what.
    condoms break, pills slip up, things happen
    it isn’t fair of you people to sit on your high horses and blame the media. I honestly cannot believe you

  • DamnThatMotherChucker!

    Ok so you may be able to tell by by user name i am obsessed with Gossip Girl!!! and my other fave programs include Sex and the City,’ ‘That ’70s Show’ and ‘Friends.’ And im between 12- 17 Oh god im screwed haha Sorry mom and dad lol
    No im totally kidding im smarter then that…but not about those programs gossip girl is my fave show ever and the rest are soo awesome too i have every one of those box sets haha x

  • marthaa

    WRONG!
    I have watched One Tree Hill since Season 1 which was 6 years ago and I am waiting until marriage.
    I have also watched Gossip Girl and I am fine.
    So stop blaming TV shows for pregnant teens and blame the hormonal teens!
    ________________________________
    i totally agree. im also waiting till marriage and im love one tree hill and gossip girl. it’s not the tv shows fault it’s because ppl are becoming sluttier and sluttier. i hear stories about 12 year olds getting fingered and what not.
    ……………………
    i’m not waiting till marriage, but i don’t get influenced.
    some girls get pregnant because they think the baby will keep the boyfriend with them. they are not self confident and are afraind to lose their mans, that’s what’s all about. and some teenagers have no ideia that safe sex exists !

  • DamnThatMotherChucker!

    Shit.
    Im hiding this article from my mother…..

    —————-

    Haha my first thought too

  • ANGELiNA

    eh it’s sorta true. people these days don’t have minds of their owns.
    people like me actually do though =]
    i don’t watch gossip girl, buttt most shows nowadays aren’t exactly approprate.

  • Anonymous

    BULLSHIT!

    yeah im going to turn on the tv watch it then go get preggers

  • Anonymous

    everyone says that only completely stupid teens get influenced by sexual shows. some very smart people tend to be influenced too. if the show shows a girl getting pregnant by the boyfriend who says that he loves her and they end up happy ever after, instantly a good amount of teens will believe that the same situation can be common in real life. also, some people STILL do not realise that characters in shows like gossip girl are created and are not real people.

    e.g. a few days ago on yahoo! answers, a girl asked why jenny and nate (gossip girl) are rarely seen together when photographed by the paparazzi- she thought that the characters were real. another example is that a guy asked whether there is some kind of fued going on between miley cyrus and hannah montana because they are never together in public!

    these are real examples!

    it much easier to be influenced than what people think!
    —–

    yea i totally agree.

    i mean obviously a show isn’t going to instantaneously cause you to go have sex with some. the key word is INFLUENCE. and if you you honestly think media, tv etc. has absolutely no influence on youth in society then you clearly aren’t paying attention.

    even people who make a living of studying youth trends will tell you that is a known fact.

  • ..

    umm im 15 and i watch lots of VERY SEXUALL movies all the time but wait umm yah i have a purity ring!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

    Yeah, maybe girls are more exposed to racy and sexual acts by watching racy and sexual TV shows like Gossip Girl,

    but that has nothing to do with someone’s decision to have unprotected sex.

    Gawd, people who come up with these things are highly ignorant.
    —-

    actually the people that come up with these are usually quite eduated and well qualiified. i’d say the ignorance lies in you having no clue about whats actually going on around you.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, this is the most ridiculous shit oceanup posted
    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GOSSIP GIRL IS NOT GOING TO MAKE GIRLS THINK MORE ABOUT SEX !
    if they want to have sex go ahead, the problem is not having sex, is not having safe sex !
    if you have safe sex it’s ok, you’re not going to hell because you slept with a guy before the wedding, but you’re life can turn to hell if you’re 15 with a baby.

    —-

    its not even just about having safe sex. its about being smart, not just doing whatever with your body. i can’t tell you how many girls i know who thought they were in the clear cause they used protection and ended up having various types of std’s. yea, i encourage abstinence but above that i encourage being smart and at least waiting till you know its someone you truly care for.

  • Ashley

    This is insane. I’m only 13, and just because I watch Gossip Girl doesn’t mean that I’m planning on having sex anytime soon. Pregnant teenagers didn’t get pregnant just because a tv show influenced them, they did it because of their own personal decisions… [whether they were good or bad decisions, well that's another thing.]

  • MARRRY

    SOOO stupid.

  • Stephanie

    This is probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

    Yeah, maybe girls are more exposed to racy and sexual acts by watching racy and sexual TV shows like Gossip Girl,

    but that has nothing to do with someone’s decision to have unprotected sex.

    Gawd, people who come up with these things are highly ignorant.

  • xoxo

    lmao

  • Secret Life Lover

    Yea, i kinda agree. Dont get me wrong, i love GG but maybe if it showed the concequences like “The Secret Life of The American Teenager” which is a great show with drama, but still teaches a lesson.
    *I Love The Secret Life!*

  • mona

    actually i do think this is true
    its influenced what me n my bff wear
    and like i find myself wishin for their happy endings
    and to tell u the truth
    i think its why i’ve been so slutty lately
    no lie
    call me stupid
    im really not

  • Anonymous

    PEOPLE ARE STUPID.
    if you watch gossip girl, than you will not get pregnant , only if you MAKE BAD DECICIONS.

    SO BE SMART!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    yeh totally- i have had sex 20 times already this month because i watch gossip girl.
    NOT

  • Anonymous

    That explains how people who watch Gossip Girl,Sex in the City,That 70s Show and etc are so sexual and messed up BUT not all teens started being sexual after watching the show.
    I hardly watch any of those shows but i watched Gossip Girl for 10 minutes it was ok-ish and sexual.

  • amanda

    FIRST!!

  • jenna

    i dont think this is true. I’m 17 and watch gossip
    girl and im not planning on having sex anytime soon. I
    think it depends on the person watching.

  • :)

    second?

  • Anonymous

    first

  • Julia

    Sounds like a confounding variable to me.

  • kendall

    are you kidding me! gossip girl is my favorite show and i can promise you im not having sex just because i see other people having sex if thats the case than i guess i shouldnt go to any public high school, i shouldnt watch tv in general, i shouldnt listen to a good majority of music???? cause that might make me want to have sex…..WRONG, im perfectly capable of thinking for myself!! the retarded media makes it sound like people that watch gossip girl are brainwashed

    blahhhhhhhh how gay

  • Elle

    It’s SO true!
    Gossip Girl is horrible.
    Very sexual.

  • Sneha

    Shit.
    Im hiding this article from my mother…..

  • hfujksdhcks

    this is bullshit.
    yeah, gossip girl is “racy” and what not. i watch it, but i think for myself. yeah thanks.

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