Advocates for safe choices among young adults thought that the premiere for The Hunger Games couldn't be a better spot to gauge teenagers. The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships, a project of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, conducted an interactive survey at Thursday night's screening at Edwards Boise Downtown.
“We're looking at the idea of The Hunger Games and what resonated with teens as far as gender types,” said Kelly Miller, coalition executive director.
Interviewed for the survey were 424 local boys and girls, ranging in age from 11-19, providing the organization with some interesting findings pertaining to the movie, media and their portrayal of relationships.
For those not up to date with this weekend's No. 1 film, the story follows female protagonist Katniss into the so-called "Hunger Games," where she must fight to the death. Katniss faces off with a boy, Peeta, which instead leads to a special bond and budding romance.
Thirty-five percent of Thursday night's survey participants said they were drawn to Katniss because of her strength, abilities and belief in herself. Eighty-seven percent of the teens felt the “Hunger Game” makers and sponsors valued Katniss and Peeta more as a couple; 71 percent felt media glamorized relationships, while 73 percent claimed to feel more value in a relationship rather than being single.
“Unfortunately, the media promotes this idea that you have to be in a relationship to be cool,” said Kelly. “We want teens to know, as individuals, we still have a lot to offer.”