The Parents Television Council has released a report claiming that instances of profanity are increasing at an alarming rate in primetime. (The report is titled: “A Habitat for Profanity: Broadcast TV’s Sharp Increase in Foul Language”.)The report looked at the first two weeks of programming on the broadcast networks this season and compared it with the first two weeks of the 2005 season.
“Across all networks, use of profanity on prime-time broadcast entertainment programming increased 69.3% from 2005 to 2010.”
“Use of the bleeped or muted F-words increased from 11 instances total in 2005 to 276 instances in 2010 . . . an increase of 2409%.””Use of the bleeped or muted S-word increased from 11 instances in 2005 to 95 instances in 2010 an increase of 763%.”
“During the family hour [which is 8:00 to 9:00 P.M.], instances of the F-word increased from 10 in 2005 to 111 in 2010. Use of the S-word during the family hour increased from 11 instances in 2005 to 42 in 2010.””Fox showed the greatest per hour increase in use of profanity from 2005 to 2010 with a 269% increase across all prime-time hours.”
What do you think? Have you noticed an increase in the frequency of adult language in primetime, specifically earlier in the evening? And if so, do you have a problem with it?)