Say what you will about reality TV's teen moms, but they're providing a valuable service -- a new study suggests that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant franchise may have prevented about 20,000 births to teenage mothers.
The National Bureau of Economic Research today (Monday) presented a paper called “Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV’s '16 and Pregnant' on Teen Childbearing." Its authors write, “We find that 16 and Pregnant led to more searches and tweets regarding birth control and abortion, and ultimately led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months following its introduction [in 2010].”
The authors believe that the show and its Teen Mom spinoffs helped to teach young people about the difficulties of early pregnancy.
Source: Gossip Cop