Content Analysis: Relationships and Sexual Behavior in Euphoria Series Season One
Teenage life is not far from romance and identity formation. Programs on television have an essential role in shaping the lives of these teenagers. Teenagers use media such as television to form perceptions and images of how relationships are. Not only relationships, but the programs on television also show a lot of sexual content, which is a source of sexual information for said teenagers. Because of these television programs, teenagers expect their lives to be like what is shown on television, as explained in cultivation theory. This study analyzes how Euphoria season one creates expectations through its depiction of relationships and sexual behaviors. All Euphoria season one episodes were gathered to analyze the frequency of relationships and sexual behaviors portrayed to an adolescent audience. This research explores the types of relationships, ages, genders, and sexual behaviors shown and implied using a frequency distribution table and cross-tabulation. The results show all episodes consisted of sexual behavior, suggesting that a television program significantly impacts on a teenager’s sexual socialization.
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