16 and Pregnant LOWERS Teen Birth Rates?
||Wed, 01-15-2014 - 11:19am
The U.S. teen birth rate declined between 2008 and 2011. While the Great Recession is considered to be the biggest player in the drop, a new study finds that MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" also had significant impacts on the drop in teen birth rates. Photo by Geoff Manasse via Getty Images
Calling all aspiring teenage reality TV stars: Have a baby and you could be featured on MTV's "16 and Pregnant" or "Teen Mom." And your chances are getting better because the pool of eligible teenage parents for the shows is declining -- and it may be a result of the show's popularity.
One reason fewer teens are having children before they turn 20 is because they are watching reality-based programming on MTV, according to a new study.
"You can look at the tweets," study co-author and Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine said. "People are saying, '16 and Pregnant is the best form of birth control.'"
Wow! This is really interesting. Would you have guessed this result of the show?