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Television's Influence on Society

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Transcript of Television's Influence on Society

This important role television has in our lives of shaping our personal lives must be taken into great consideration given the consequent effects. Effects Various elements of pop culture associated with television impacts
viewers, which can lead to several effects on society. The effects are numerous, such as influencing what people buy, think, and talk about. Chris Phanord Television's Influence
on Society and Children Television is undoubtedly a very beneficial technology. The content however has
negatively changed through the years, and people increasingly watch more and more of it. This is
clearly seen in reports about the numerous hours of weeks people spend watch television, across
various demographics including age, race, and gender. As one of the largest forms of pop culture, television has a significant impact on viewers, affecting each individual’s personal lives, and influencing thoughts, opinions, and judgments.
Television has become so much has become so much a part of our culture that it is irrefutable how television could possibly affect society. Over the many years of its existence, it has gotten to a point where, “television use cannot easily be separated from the rest of everyday life”
(Grindstaff and Turrow 117). Television has potentially detrimental effects on children and young adults as well. As they are in a period of development, learning about themselves and the world around them, their perceptions are being shaped by television. It seems that most television shows today have several depictions, references to, or use of:
Sex and other adult themes, violence, drugs, and profanity. While other modes of technological development such as social networks, cell phones, and internet usage are considered by some to be potentially harmful to our culture and lifestyle, television should be paid attention to as well. Although television had existed long before the others
previously listed, it too is evolving and changing. Television programs such as Full House,
Different Strokes, and The Cosby Show, and other family themed shows have disappeared.
Other shows involving sex, violence, adult language have become more prevalent and
popular over the years, as some viewers are obsessed. Television does not directly cause significant changes in culture, but rather influences these particular factors. For example, television can influence the thoughts, perceptions, and opinions of viewers. This primarily affects people’s social lives and all aspects that go along with it. There have been increases in the amount television
watched on average, especially in children. If there are fewer shows about morals and emphasizing family values this will be
reflected in society. Such controversial television shows tend
to glamorize negative behaviors, and can lead to several consequences given television’s influence. Through television, children learn a lot about gender roles, even if depictions are unrealistic and false. Whether it’s what you wear, or what you weigh, these impositions can lead to bullying, depression, feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, anorexia, and bulimia. They seem to have been replaced with reality shows, such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Jersey Shore. Such controversial television shows tend
to glamorize negative behaviors, and can lead to several consequences given television’s
influence. The media, particularly television, imposes the notions to girls that there is great importance on looks. Boys too are subject to this misperception that emphasis should be placed on girl’s appearance. Boys are also influenced by television to believe power and wealth is what is important and should be sought after. Violence in television shows is another factor affecting children. Continuous exposure can desensitize children, and may even promote aggressive behavior Violence exists in many
television programs, including cartoons. Children can also be exposed to violence in programs
that were not originally made for children, in shows such as South Park and Family Guy. Even with preventative measures from parents, children can still be exposed to programs involving violence and adult language and content. Kids do not have to adhere to television ratings and
warnings of viewer discretion, especially when unsupervised by a parent. If anything, the child might take joy in watching things they shouldn’t. Their curiosity would be satiated and they would feel like an adult. What can be done
to fix this problem?
They should also teach them right from wrong and should strive to prevent these negative role models
from influencing them. To combat the emulation of violence, parents should monitor, and even limit their children’s television viewing habits. Since there are not as many shows that emphasize morals and acceptable behaviors for certain situations, it is up to the parents to fulfill this role. Through effective communication, they can set the example for their children. Whether it’s through an inaccurate reflection of reality, perpetuation of stereotypes,
or even the glamorization of bad behavior, television influences society in several ways. Particularly, television can have a tremendous impact on children. Pressures about self image and increases in violence in television programs are setting the wrong message to children. It is up to the parents to set the right example for their children. Over the years, statistical evidence prove that the amount of television that is watched is increasing. This is damaging given that television’s content has influences on the changes of the viewers. Incredibly popular shows of today tend to have common themes of violence and adult language. Television can influence both behavioral and ideological changes in society. It is no wonder this technology is so much a part of our culture.
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