What the frak? A new study by the Parents Television Council says that U.S. broadcast networks are using curse words 69.3 percent more than they did five years ago. “Explicit references to genitalia and bodily functions” rose the most of any type of swear word and the 8:00 -9:00 p.m. hours, called “family hour” prime-time, had the largest increase in profanities.
In this study, the PTC analyzed all major broadcast networks–ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW–during the first two weeks of their fall season premieres in 2005 and 2010. Movies, news, and sports were not included. In total, the PTC watched and recorded profanities for 124 hours of programming in 2005 and 128 hours in 2010.
Here are some results:
- F-word (bleeped) utterance rose 2,409 percent, from 11 to 275.
- S-word (bleeped) utterance rose 763 percent from 11 to 95.
- “Balls” used referring to male genitalia rose 200 percent.
- “Screw” use rose 121 percent.
- “Boobs” use rose 90 percent.
- Fox showed the highest increase in profanity of any network (269 percent).
- Other popular curse words include crap, damn, hell, ass, bitch, bastard, douche, piss, screw, and suck.
So is TV going to hell, or what? Damn. And I thought networks were too conservative for calling it $#*! My Dad Says. Who are they trying to fool?
Do you think “family hour” still exists with such a large number of cable channels available to children? Does it matter if they hear curse words? It is the age of the Internet, after all.