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In our constantly developing society it is not surprising to note that adolescents sexual attitudes and behaviours have greatly changed within the past two decades Darling Kallen VanDusen 1984 in their study of college students found a major increase in the number of young people reporting to have had sexual intercourse They also found that college age females who were once thought to be less sexually active than college age males were now just as sexually active In Canadian data from university studies a dramatic rise from 1967 to 1979 in the percentage of students who had experienced premarital intercourse was shown Fitzhonly Whiteside 1984 These findings of increased promiscuity among adolescents inevitably evoke a strong sense of curiosity and raise the question which factors have been the most influential in regards to increased teenage promiscuity Today not only are there more youths who are sexually active but research shows that the majority of them do not use contraceptives on a regular basis Chng 1983 The reasons behind this lack of birth control use are equally important as the increase in sexual activity for the problem of unwanted pregnancy among the young in society is remarkably prevalent and continually on the riseCohan 1983The reasons behind adolescents engaging in sexual intercourse so early in life are extensive and yet it becomes increasingly evident that cultural changes within our society have played the single most influential role in this area Societys attitudes towards sex have dramatically changed in the past two decades and this has directly influenced sexual activity among our youth but throughout all of society as well Today sex is exploited throughout the media in an attempt to increase business revenue By catering to our basis sexual desires the media can easily manipulate and conform the attitudes and actions of its patrons The youth of today seem to be the most easily manipulated group by sexual propaganda due to their conformist vulnerability Young
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