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Friday, July 20, 2007

Don't Do That!

Ever seen a “wet paint” sign and been tempted to touch it to see if it was true?
Human nature causes us to want to do what we’re told not to do. Rebellion is a trait we’re all born with.

A friend of mine tells of a time when he and another friend were sitting at a mall while their wives shopped, watching people go by, listening to the sounds around them, and just generally being bored. Then one of them stopped and fixed their eyes on one particular object across the mall in a nearby shop.

A box was sitting in the corner of the store with a sign on it that said “Don’t look in here”. As he stared at it, he realized that his friend’s eyes were also fixed on the same box. Well, I’m sure you can figure out the rest of the story…

Admit it. At some point in your life, you’ve been told not to do something, and even if you didn’t give in to the temptation, you at least thought about it. Like I said, it’s human nature (what the Bible calls our sin nature).

So this story should come as not surprise:

Anti-Smoking Ads Have Opposite Effect on Teens

( - The more exposure middle school students have to anti-smoking ads, the more likely they are to smoke, according to a new University of Georgia study. The findings are reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hye-Jin Paek, an assistant professor at UGA, found that many anti-smoking ad campaigns backfire because they encourage the rebellious nature of youth.

Wonder if the same thing is happening with anti-drug ads and sex education?


Continue reading..


At 7:13 PM, Blogger Neil said...

Yep. Unlike what most of the world believes, we are not inherently good. Our unspoken motto from the beginning has been, "Give us a rule and we'll break it."

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Robert Bayn said...

I guess the next question is, do you encourage teenagers to have sex and smoke, I would say no. I think the reason more teenagers are smoking is because of bad parenting.

I also read according to a new report, that Teenage sex is down from what it use to be, not sure what the cause of that is.


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