Study Shows TV Profanity Up 69%

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From the Baptist Press: LOS ANGELES (BP)–Four months after an appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast standards, a new study shows that profanity on broadcast television has risen nearly 70 percent in the past five years.

The study by the Parents Television Council, which compared the first two weeks of the networks’ 2010 fall lineup with the first two weeks of the 2005 fall lineup, found that profanity increased 69 percent. Movies, news programs and sporting events were not included in the study.

The study also reported that harsher profanities are now being used, and it added that the “greatest increase in the use of the harshest profanities” took place during the 8 p.m. Eastern period — often known as the “family hour” — and at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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