do shows like "Teen Mom" influence your beliefs?

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Registered: 07-18-2006
do shows like "Teen Mom" influence your beliefs?
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Fri, 04-22-2011 - 1:41pm

I haven't posted here in a long time, so first off, hello to everyone!

My question is....do shows like "Teen Mom" influence your beliefs in any way? Meaning, does watching it make

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Registered: 10-28-2005

Yes, that was the couple. I'm sorry they didn't make it either - but better now than later.

I'm glad to hear this show has a good influence on people. I often wonder about some of these shows. Like The Biggest Loser - I heard recently that they practically starve these people and work them 24/7 - stuff so totally unreasonable IRL. I wonder how many people watching the show are encouraged to lose weight. KWIM?


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Yes, these moms do have a tendency to wind up in the tabloids.

The ones you saw were Leah and Corey. They got married on the season finale, but just recently filed for divorce. They have twin daughters, one who has special needs. Out of all the teen parents, I thought they were probably one of the more mature couples, it's too bad their marriage didn't work out. (A teenage shotgun wedding...big suprise, huh?)

The show is actually a spin off of MTV's 16 and Pregnant. That show features nine teen mothers, their signifigant others and babies. From that show, four will be picked to do a season of Teen Mom. (The new season of 16 and Pregnant started last week and airs on Tuesday nites on MTV.)

Anyhow, one of the things I like the best about it is the wide range of circumstances they cover. For instance, a few moms have have chosen adoption. One of the mom's from the original Teen Mom and her boyfriend (Caitlynn and Tyler) gave up their daughter for adoption, AGAINST their own parents wishes. Another Mom from last season gave her daughter up for adoption to her aunt and uncle. While alot of it I'm sure is sugar coated, it does show the reality of these girls dealing with babies, high school and college, jobs, baby daddies, grandparents, the whole nine yards. And there is always a reminder that "teen pregnancy it's 100% preventable" and gives the it'syoursexlife.org website.

I had a front row center seat at an impressionable age, in real life. My brother got married at age sixteen due to his girlfriend being pregnant, they had two kids by the age of nineteen. I had three friends give birth before graduating high school. Seeing all those situations had a HUGE impression on me...I had my first child at age 29, having been married for awhile to a man I knew would stick around. I definetely think this show could impact an impressionable teen's "happily ever after" fantasies, kwim?

Angie

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Registered: 10-28-2005

Is this the show I saw mentioned in some of those gossip magazines at the register the other day? Something about twins and the parents fighting over custody?

I can't say as I've watched any of these shows but I guess that if it helps other teens think a little harder about their choices, I'm all for it!