Most U.S. teens want to be virgins when they marry //

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Did you know that a recent survey says that most U.S. teens want to be virgins when they marry? It was news to me. I hadn’t realized that a large portion of teens were concerned with this.

My sister teaches Junior High math in a Southern California public school. Let’s just say she has a very interesting job working with today’s youth. Many teens seem to be lacking some basic moral character. It’s very sad, and honestly something that can really only be fixed in the home. Teaching children correct principles and values is the role of the parents, but unfortunately, many have quit that job and left their children to fend for themselves.

However, a recent study presents some marginally happy news. And considering how much trash kids today are exposed to, and how many of them have little to no parental supervision or guidance, posted an article about some positive findings from a poll conducted last year by

Drs. Rene Paulson and Jacquelyn Pennings under the auspices of the Christian youth research and outreach organization OneHope as part of their Spiritual State of the World’s Children study. . .recruited [teens] to take the online survey through a panelist company and through social networking websites.

The survey found that 61 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 would like to be virgins when they get married.

Additionally, 63 percent said that, presuming they had lost their virginity, they would change the past if possible and regain it.

I wonder how, if so many teens think that being a virgin when they get married is important, they certainly seem to act otherwise? I’m in complete agreement that the media and television play a huge role in this, in addition to absentee parents who fail to provide the essential moral teachings that these teens so desperately need.  The study addressed the loose morals found in a majority of television shows.

A press release from OneHope announcing the release of the study today said the results of the survey were “surprising” given the high teen exposure to sexually explicit media content such as the controversial MTV program “Skins.”

According to a report by the Parents Television Council, two-thirds (64 percent) of all TV shows contain “sexual content” – anything from flirting to intercourse.

Additional data about U.S. teens’ beliefs and values revealed in this survey include some troubling aspects of the influence of media on children, such as:

• 69 percent watch MTV on a weekly basis {very scary in my opinion}
• 62 percent believe truth is relative {they somehow don’t think honesty is important?}
• 76 percent approve of divorce even when children are involved
• 59 percent said the Bible has little/no influence on their thoughts and actions {the Bible and the teachings contained therein should have a profound influence on our thoughts and actions; religion and moral upbringing is obviously something that is missing in many children’s homes}
• 57 percent believe being good people and doing good deeds will get you into heaven
• 34 percent spend less than 15 minutes a week talking with their fathers about things that matter {this is so scary and a huge factor in all of this}

However, some positive findings include:  {sounds like a good start}

• 82 percent believe God intended marriage to last a lifetime
• 80 percent cite parents as having a lot/some influence over their thoughts and actions
• only 16 percent thought sexual intercourse between two people who are not married was morally acceptable
• 79 percent overall had never had sexual intercourse
• 81 percent said it’s not OK to break the law as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody
• 84 and 87 percent said they had not watched a pornographic movie or read a pornographic magazine

The survey group consisted of 5,108 teens. (Just a small sampling of the country’s teens, but still pretty great that so many of them want to save sex for marriage). The full text of the US Spiritual State of the World’s Children study is available here.

Thanks for reading ~Journalista

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