Sex and swearing on TV shows such as Outrageous Fortune has seen a steep increase in complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority over the past five years.

The authority says increasing complaints reflect the unease some feel at the speed of change in community standards, but advocacy group Family First says those standards are being dragged lower by the authority's permissive stance.

A recent survey of 600 young New Zealanders aged 15 to 21 commissioned by Family First showed 57 per cent of females and 45 per cent of males agreed there was "too much sex, violence, bad language on TV".

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