Nearly half of the sexual incidents involved intercourse, usually between unmarried partners. Earlier analyses of Seventeen and Sassy found that most of the stories in these 2 teen-girl magazines contained very traditional socialization messages, including that girls depend on someone else to solve their personal problems, that girls are obsessed with boys, and that girls are appearance- conscious shoppers. B, Percentages that also included references to risks or responsibilities over time for all shows with sexual content. Estimates of characters in TV programming who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual vary from 1. C, Numbers of sex-related scenes per hour for shows in with sexual content. Since the — TV season, the amount of sexual content has nearly doubled, but there has been little change in responsible content. Many teenagers, especially girls, rely on magazines as an important source of information about sex, birth control, and health-related issues. As 1 group of researchers put it: Movies and situation comedies contain the most sexual content of all programming on TV. The only mention of AIDS among the 50 episodes concerned the risk associated with intravenous drug use, not sex, and there was only 1 episode in which a mother discussed sex with her teenage daughter. Very little of this content includes any information about sexual health. What is shown on American TV is largely unrealistic, suggestive sexual innu- endo or unhealthy sexual behavior. Five of the top 20 shows in the Nielsen ratings for June 26 through July 2, , for example, were reality shows. A majority of adolescents have a TV in their own bedrooms, and most spend much more time with the media than they spend with their parents or in school. However, soap-opera producers have also been more responsive to national health issues than prime-time producers. It is surprising that rape was the second-most frequently depicted sexual activity, with a total of 71 incidents or 1.