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EnglishM October 1, Television: As I approach the door, I can already hear the mumbles of the television. I open the door and am not surprised to see my sister on the couch, hand on remote, flipping through channels.
I am now accustomed to this picture. My sister could be crowned couch potato queen. She watches television day and night--so much that my cousins and I now refer to her as the Human TV Guide.
She has the channels of different stations of different areas memorized. She could tell you what channel MTV is in Torrance. She could tell you what channel TNT is in Fullerton. My sister has memorized practically everything there is to know about television.
Television has dulled the mind of an average youth [DCS5]. Youths today is used to having their information passed to them on a silver platter. Not as many youths like to read anymore because it involves too much work. My sister hates to read, not only because there are words involved in that activity, but also because it is now impossible for her to visualize the world presented within the book.
It is also impossible for her to focus on a book because of the short attention span she has developed, and reading books just takes too much time for her. Television presents the world to her, a different world every thirty minutes, which holds her attention. This now leaves her no mental work to do, except to decide which channel she would like to watch.
Because watching television requires no mental work, the brains of the adolescents that watch television are not stimulated enough. Television consumes time youths should be dedicating to more important and more essential things in their lives [DCS6]. Television takes away time that should be devoted to homework.
When my sister gets home from school, she will immediately flip the television on, leaving her homework for later. When she finally decides to do her homework, the television will remain on, and she will sit on the couch with her books propped up in front of her, giving it only half of her attention.
Homework takes longer to complete, and it probably will not be her best work since only half of her concentration was focused on it.
Television also takes time away from quality family time. Most adolescents do not have a strong family connection.
Families whose only time together is at the dinner table will waste precious quality time with their heads turned towards the television. The youth of today lose the strong morals and values they can get when spending time with their family. Television can even take away time from friends.
When I spend time with my friends, I like to talk with them or go out. When my sister spends time with her friends, they spend the whole day watching the television. Their conversation revolves around what they are watching on the television.
Most teens have the majority of their day devoted to the television. Television has exposed a world of violence, drugs, and sexual immorality to our youth, causing them to be apathetic towards these issues. This show depicts violence as something comedic.
Regularly, in this show, the father chokes his son at least once, and the children watch a cartoon show called Itchy and Scratchy, in which a cat and mouse try to kill each other. Our youths today find this violence funny. When they encounter violence in real life, they do not consider it serious because they experience it everyday on the television.
Characters in television shows such as Married with Children smoke, and although there are commercials advertising against smoking more than ever, smoking on the television gives our youths a different message.Violence in the Media Psychologists Study Potential Harmful Effects Early research on the effects of viewing violence on television — especially among children — found a desensitizing effect and the potential for aggression.
While this paper cannot be a definitive guide to the nature of an abuser, the victim's relationship with the abuser, and society's part in encouraging gender bias, I hope it will add to the pool of knowledge.
Modern Society is becoming more violent Violence is everywhere in our society and keep increasing. Violence is due to several factors like social classes, socio-economics status, and a diversity in population especially in religion, politics or cultural.
Nov 05, · Today, the impact of television on the audience is still significant that raises the public concerns about the possible negative impact of television violence on society (Machlis & Forney, ). On the other hand, some people argue that the negative impact of television on society is insignificant because people are rational and can distinguish the real world from the imaginary one/5(27).
Multiple studies indicate that prolonged exposure to media violence has desensitized society to violent acts. Additionally, children in particular demonstrate more aggressive behavior after even short-term exposure to media violence.
Not all television programs are bad, but data showing the negative effects of exposure to violence, inappropriate sexuality and offensive language are convincing. Still, physicians need to advocate continued research into the negative and positive effects of media on children and adolescents.