Has MTV's 16 and Pregnant Helped Prevent Teen Pregnancy?

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Ever since it began airing in 2009, MTV's reality show 16 & Pregnant has been the subject of some pretty intense controversy. Ever since it began airing in 2009, MTV's reality show 16 & Pregnant has been the subject of some pretty intense controversy.

Many argued that it glorified teen pregnancy, especially when the show evolved into the Teen Mom series and the girls were making the covers of magazines and had essentially become celebrities in their own right.

Advocates of the show, and even some of the girls themselves, have maintained that the show helps show how difficult life can be when you become a teen mom.

Now, a new study seems to support that theory, with a new study by the Bureau of Economic Research concluding that the show actually contributed to the decline in teenage mothers giving birth.

"This is sex education for the 21st century," the study's co-author Phillip Levine revealed to NBC.

The study claims that the show may have prevented about 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010, which was one year after the show first hit the airwaves.

"We find that 16 and Pregnant led to more searches and tweets regarding birth control and abortion, and ultimately led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months following its introduction," the authors wrote.

Do you think the show is good for young girls to watch or should they be getting their "sex education" elsewhere?

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