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Teens cautious of contraception info found online, study says

Study finds that teens are mindful of the sources they find online regarding sex

Teenagers may be gullible, but they’re not that gullible when it comes to information about contraception that they find online.

The National Post reports that a recent study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute in New York suggests that teens are aware of what sources are the most reliable when it comes to contraception.

Of the 58 teens surveyed, — aged 16 to 19 — most answered that they were “wary” of the accuracy of the information given to them by both friends and online sources. If they trusted any sites on the matter, the teens reported, it wouldd be from those sites with .edu, .gov or .org domains. And most recognized Wikipedia as an unreliable source of information in general.

In addition, almost all of the teens surveyed said that they had been exposed to safe sex education in school and that they believed that information to be reliable. Also reported to be reliable sources were parents and other family members.

The study also found that, primarily, teen girls are ambivalent about hormonal forms of contraception because of the side-effects they hear described in commercials.

Read more about this study here.

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