01/14/2014 05:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

LOOK: 'Teen Mom' And '16 And Pregnant' Helped Decrease Teen Pregnancies

Who said reality TV was a bad influence on kids?

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that two MTV shows -- "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" -- may have played a part in reducing teen pregnancies since 2009. Specifically, teen births decreased 5.7 percent in the 18 months following the introduction of the shows (not to mention Google searches and tweets regarding birth control and abortion increased after the introduction of the shows).