Is MTV’s 'Teen Mom' Effective?

When the shows "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" came out I have to admit, I didn’t see the point. I know that MTV’s attempt was to shed some light on the difficulties of being a teenage parent, but has their attempt worked?

Well-known statistics of teen pregnancy state that twenty-five percent of teenage mothers have a second child within 24 months, mostly due to the fact that our country’s system isn’t geared to accommodate teenagers once they have a child.

Out of all of MTV’s "Teen Mom" cast members, one is pregnant with her second child, and another has already given birth to her third. Doesn’t seem so effective, does it? But wait, maybe it still is.

According to another recent statistic, in the four years since the MTV shows have began their reign, the teen pregnancy rate in America has been consistently lowering. Eighty-two percent of teens now say that the show had educated them on staying away from the hardships that they see on the show.

Is it right that the rest of America learns at the expense of this show’s cast members?

Ally | Elite.

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