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What to watch on TV? More sex than ever

(Posted November 11, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

WASHINGTON - “The OC,” “Desperate Housewives” and other TV shows popular with teenagers generally have more sex than other programs, a study says.

TV executives say they’re not pushing sex on children and that if parents don’t want their kids to see certain shows then they have all the tools they need, including the “off” button.

According to the study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the vast majority of TV shows — 70 percent — include some sexual content, with an average of five sex scenes per hour. On the top teen shows, the number is higher — 6.7 scenes an hour.

The study examined programming on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, PBS, Lifetime, TNT, USA Network and HBO. Sexual content could be anything from discussions about sex to scenes involving intercourse.

The number of scenes involving sex has nearly doubled since 1998, the study said, from 1,930 to 3,783.

Source: MSNBC

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