Violent, Sexual Content in Media Hurts Advertisement Success

Yet another study has proven that violent and sexual content in media decreases the overall effectiveness of advertisements. A recent study, published by the American Psychological Association, found that depictions of sex and violence in the mass media ultimately deter consumer purchasing. The study found that as the sexual content of an ad increased, “Viewers’ memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decreased.” So does sex really sell? We think not. Past scientific studies have also shown that family-friendly advertising has positive results in regards to advertisement effectiveness. Another perfect example is how the most family-friendly movies have made more money than the least family-friendly movies for the last 22 years. Be encouraged! [Abstinence Clearinghouse, 5 Aug 2015, e-newsletter] A new study similar to previous ones shows again that violent and sexual content in the media decreases advertising effectiveness. Published by the American Psychological Association, the study found that depictions of sex and violence in the mass media, whether in programming or in the ads themselves, ultimately deter consumer purchasing. Violence had the biggest negative effect, the study found, but as the sexual content of an ad increased, “viewers’ memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decreased.” “Sex and violence do not sell,” the study’s co-author, Brad J. Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, said. “Thus, advertisers should think twice about sponsoring violent and sexual programs, and about using violent and sexual themes in their ads.” Past scientific studies have shown similar results. A couple of them have shown that family programming and family-friendly advertising have positive results when it comes to advertising effectiveness. For example,...