Often one study can get the public's and the media's attention but multiple studies must be done to establish something in a scientific way. The studies are in. R-rated movies are linked to aberrant behavior in young people. The following quotes are from the press release.
. . . 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.This study appears in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The press release was issues April 26, 2010.
From an L.D.S. perspective, parents need to take note. There are secular studies backing up what our leaders have always counseled us to do.
We also need to see the wider principle behind the counsel.
As each year passes, motion picture ratings become more and more relaxed. Movies that would have received an X rating ten or fifteen years ago now receive R or PG-13 ratings. Movies that before would have received an R rating now receive PG-13 or even PG ratings.
And movies aren’t the only problem. Books, magazines, and song lyrics can be equally as offensive to decency. The opinion of a media critic may be helpful, but we must remember that most professionals do not apply biblical standards in their reviews.These quotes are from an Ensign article in 1989 entitled "Leave the Obscene Unseen."
"Leave the Obscene Unseen" is a good motto for us.
The principle is that we should not consume media that is offensive to L.D.S. principles. You can never see an R-rated movie and still manage to fill your mind with a great deal of smut in movies or in other media regardless of the type of media -- theater, computer, television etc. This violates the spirit of the law though it seems to comply with the letter.
Do not be guilty of this fallacy.