Teenagers exposed to sex in movies are more likely to have sexual relationships, and without using condoms, according to a new study from Dartmouth College.
The London Telegraph cites the report which found that steamy scenes in films fundamentally influence teenagers.
"Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners," Dr Ross O'Hara, who led the study, told the Telegraph.
They study, published in Psychological Science, followed 1,228 children aged between 12-14 years old. Each teen identified which popular films of differing classifications they had seen from a random list of 50.
Six years later, they were asked what age they were when they became sexually active and how risky their sexual behavior was.
Researchers concluded that for every hour of exposure to sexual content on screen, participants in the study were more than five times more likely to lose their virginity within those six years. The respondents also said they tried to mimic scenes they had seen on screen.
The study also found that more than a third of G-rated movies were found to have sexual content.