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04-27-2010, 12:24 PM
I was scouring /Film this morning and they had an article from Business Week concerning the above topic. I always like to share articles like this with my fellow Schmoes, as the responses here usually seem to make more sense than shit I read anywhere else about pointless studies and theories.

Here's the article:

Watching R-Rated Movies May Lead to Early Alcohol Use
Adult content changes kids' personalities, one expert says.

MONDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Children who aren't allowed to watch R-rated movies are much less likely to start drinking alcohol at an early age, a new study suggests.

Researchers questioned nearly 3,600 middle-school children in New England and followed-up about two years later. In that time, 3 percent of the kids who said their parents never allowed them to watch R-rated movies said they had started drinking alcohol, compared with 19 percent of those who were sometimes allowed to watch R-rated movies and 25 percent of those who said they were allowed to watch such movies "all the time."

The findings are reported in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The results highlight how important it is for parents to monitor their children's media exposure, said Dr. James D. Sargent, a pediatrics professor at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H., and an author of the study.

"We think this is a very important aspect of parenting, and one that is often overlooked," Sargent said in a news release from the journal.

He added that the new findings supplement the work of previous studies that have linked exposure to R-rated movies and shows with adult content to early drinking, early smoking, sex at a young age and violent behavior.

"The research to date suggests that keeping kids from R-rated movies can help keep them from drinking, smoking and doing a lot of other things that parents don't want them to do," Sargent said.

Depictions of alcohol consumption appear in about 90 percent of R-rated movies, Sargent said, which may be one reason why children who see such movies are more likely to start drinking at a young age. But he noted that previous studies have suggested that children who watch R-rated movies become more prone to "sensation seeking" and "risk taking."

"We think seeing the adult content actually changes their personality," he added.

And here's the link http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/638467.html

04-27-2010, 12:51 PM
Or the kids who are allowed to frequent R rated films of any caliber and content have parents who aren't present and will so engage in other activities that kids whose parents are, in contrast, more present and less lenient, won't. That's the real correlation. Not R rated films.

04-27-2010, 12:57 PM
Once again the so called experts are telling parents how to raise their children.

04-27-2010, 01:17 PM
I'm with Sinigami, it doesn't make sense for exposure to R-rated films to be the biggest reason that kids start drinking at a younger age. I would think that the social circle of the children and exposure to peer pressure is what makes the big difference, not whether or not they've seen Pulp Fiction. I mean are these Rated R films that glorify heavy drinking or just any random movie? We've all seen these ridiculously vague studies before, trying to link violence to movies or video games. The evidence just isn't there though.

Where is the study that proves girls who read Twilight are much more likely to give it up years before girls who don't read it? And if so, would they really try to discourage girls from reading? Yeah it's up to the parents to raise their kids properly, but if their kids are watching rated R movies it's important that the parents make sure the kids recognize the difference between fantasy and reality, and that they understand the difference between right and wrong with what they're watching. I think the biggest problem is why don't parents know their children are spending time in environments where they have access to alcohol. But then again parents can't know where their kids are 100% of the time, but there will always be people looking to play the blame game. Kids are going to get into what they get into, what's the difference if they try their first beer at 15 instead of 17?

I actually think one of the best things my parents did is let me watch rated R movies with them if I was interested in the movie. If the film was super violent or sexified then they would make me wait a few years, but if it wasn't something like a Clockwork Orange they would let me watch, and like I said earlier they would make sure I understood that it was fantasy and I shouldn't act out the things I see. They treated me like an adult, and through my love for movies I had a healthy hobby and outlet for my free time while growing up. Having a passion for movies, yes even cheesy slasher movies, probably kept me busy and kept me out of serious trouble like hard drugs. The fact that they treated me like an equal and nurtured the interest I had in art instead of trying to censor things for me went a long way in helping me become a mature, balanced adult.

So in closing: Dartmouth, go fuck yourself. ;)

04-27-2010, 01:51 PM
Yeah, it's not simply the movies which can fuck up a child's mind but how much exposure they have to the movies and whether or not their mind is able to cope with it.

People should acknowledge that its totally possible for a kid to see 'unsavoury behaviour' in a movie and then go copy it but it doesn't happen all the time, most kids are stable enough.

I think it also depends on the movie though, like Davey my parents always allowed me to watch R-rated movies like Predator, Die Hard, etc because they were unlikely to affect my mind, however there was a small selection of movies they prevented me from watching (including Once Upon A Time in America and The Exorcist for example). Of course once I did watch these movies - I understood why...there are some things its best not to show kids.

04-27-2010, 02:41 PM
Hold up . . . I've watched rated R movies . . . and I drink alcohol. This study may have something.


Do people actually invest money on stupid studies like this one?

04-27-2010, 03:18 PM
bullcrap-its kids environment causes the kids to drink not movies

04-27-2010, 03:36 PM
How is it that in the 21st century, a semi-legitimate news agency still has no grasp of the difference between correlation and causation? Seriously?

This just in: cleaning your room as a child may lead to good grades! Injuries may lead to sports!

"The research to date suggests that keeping kids from R-rated movies can help keep them from drinking, smoking and doing a lot of other things that parents don't want them to do," Sargent said.

No it doesn't, you incredible asshat.

04-27-2010, 03:45 PM
How is it that in the 21st century, a semi-legitimate news agency still has no grasp of the difference between correlation and causation? Seriously?

This just in: cleaning your room as a child may lead to good grades!

No it doesn't, you incredible asshat.

Bingo. It sickens me when news agencies, uptight parents and other people who think they are larger than life use correlative evidence to support their arguments. If these people are really so great, they should know the difference between correlation and causation.

And any kids who do not see an R-rated film by their early-mid teens probably have a lot of other restrictions on their lives, which is clearly the biggest factor to include in this argument.

04-27-2010, 06:00 PM
I've watched R rated films since I can remember and I don't drink or smoke. My friends even give me a hard time because I never get drunk with them.

And if I remember correctly, it was the kids with the harshest restrictions that ended up overdoing everything. I knew a guy who wasn't allowed to watch R rated films until his 18th birthday. Now, his porn addiction knows no bounds.

04-27-2010, 08:05 PM
So R movies depict usage of alcohol and may influence children in following what the actors' do. What about link between possession of firearms and R-rated movies? Cocks

04-27-2010, 09:28 PM
It is only an extension of wanting to be/appear/act older (consumption of alcohol, ciggarettes, porn, rated-R movies, finding daddy's gun).

Each cannot be the cause of the rest because I am 100% certain that they all come from the same root cause

04-27-2010, 09:32 PM
Recent studies also show that R-Rated movies will one day be the leading cause of cancer...


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04-28-2010, 12:51 AM
Oh, I get it. This is because I get really drunk and let Jr. watch whatever he wants, but not after getting into a heated argument about why a 4 year old can't watch a movie called RoboCop. Once we make up and I tell him I love him and how proud I am of him for standing up for himself, I usually let him take some drinks straight from the shaker. Damn, I missed out hooking up with this study. I bet they would have even supplied the booze.

04-28-2010, 08:01 AM
R-Rated movies make you fart.

04-29-2010, 01:31 AM
Yea I disagree with most all these studies that show this or that can cause certain behavior. Watching "R" rated films when I was like 13 and up (in the 70's no theater really cared about your age,which was cool for me and my buddies) really wasn't shocking at all for a kid who grew up watching the entire "World At War" BBC series . In this series the viewer actually is seeing (mainly)the Japanese & German atrocities set on their own people as well as the nations these countries were at war with on film obviously. Horrific murder in mass form, Abuse of every kind that man can inflict on one another shown. Nope "R" rated films for me at a young age was like being at school around foul language - hateful peers and what kid in the 70's didn't tear though his big brothers or cousins stache' of "Hustle" magazines etc. nothing shocking at all. + +++++ It felt gr8 to see in the "R" films guys like Dirty Harry even the score for a change! Gr8 lesson in heroics.