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Old 11-08-2009, 08:11 AM
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Location: MA/NH
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I love this story!! Brazilians love watching soap operas and have learned from the mistakes their tv characters have made and have adjusted their own behaviour accordingly. There's been a big drop in birth rate. In 1963, the average Brazilian woman had 6.3 kids and in 2000 the average was 2.3 children. And the country is very Catholic in its values. And the storylines deal with many social issues.

The influence of TV is particularly strong in countries like Brazil. Joseph Potter, a University of Texas sociologist who has studied the relationship between fertility and television in Brazil explains in a report: "It's not a literate society, it's not a place where there are books and newspapers outside the upper 10 percent -- and television fills that space."

But as well as fashioning lifestyle choices, the novelas contribute to an increasing awareness and tolerance of difficult social issues.

Bruno Gagliasso is the star of one of the most popular novelas in Brazil. In it he plays Tarzo, a recently diagnosed schizophrenic fighting not only himself but the stigmas of mental illness.

"We're showing a disease that people ignore," he tells CNN. "And we're able to expose it to society as a whole."
Brazil's soap operas linked to dramatic drop in birth rates - CNN.com
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:45 AM
Location: New Hampshire
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lol are you serious?!
I lived down there for a long time and I noticed that people that were educated tend to have less kids so I am not sure it's the TV issue. The less education and money you have the more kids you had.
BTW Bruno Gagliasso is a cutie lol
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