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Study: Robot babies may increase teen pregnancy, not reduce it

from Chicago Tribune

To help discourage teen pregnancy, many students nationally are given lifelike, robot babies that cry throughout the night. Unlike eggs or plants used to represent babies in some human-development classes, these dolls require feeding, burping and diaper changes. Like real infants, sometimes even that doesn't stop their crying. The idea is to discourage students from becoming teenage parents by showing them the difficulties of having a child. But a new study, done with 3,000 teenage girls in Western Australia, suggests that the robot-baby programs may increase pregnancy rather than reduce it. more

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