Study: Television Sex, Violence Triple in Past 10 Years

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - A parents group advocating improved decency standards and the return of the "family hour" to TV programming will release a report Thursday showing that sexual material on television has increased three-fold since 1989.

The Parents Television Council (PTC) will release its study, What a Difference a Decade Makes: A Comparison of Prime Time Sex, Language, and Violence in 1989 and 1999, at the Capitol Thursday. PTC National Chairman Steve Allen and Chairman Brent Bozell will join Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) for the press conference.

Both the PTC and are subsidiaries of the Media Research Center.

Among other findings, the study concludes that references to genitalia increased seven-fold between 1989 and 1999; five and a half times more foul language was used on TV in 1999 than in 1989; references to homosexuality were 24 times more common in 1999; and overall sexual content, coarse language, and violence tripled in those ten years.

"As networks have increasingly attempted to reach relatively small niche audiences, television''s largest audience - parents and their children - has wound up underserved," the study concludes.

What a Difference a Decade Makes
is based on comparisons of four weeks of primetime programming from the fall of 1989 and four similar weeks in 1999.

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