Television Corrupting the World I can remember when I was younger, coming home from school into the house to change clothes and head back out the door to play. Any entertainment I received was what I experienced outside. When I came into the house, I was able to watch very little television. The most television I was able to watch was on Saturday mornings and it was cartoons. Today, the young and old come home and the first thing they do is turn on the television set. According to a survey done by Emory H.
Woodard and Natalia Grindina, “on average, people are watching over 51 hours of television- that is five hours a day of TV on average for the last quarter of the year. Teenagers (12 to 17) spend 103 hours watching TV a month, whereas senior citizens (65 or older) spend 207 hours”(Media in the home) With the slumping economy, people are forced to stay at home to conserve resources. Although there are plenty of economical alternatives people could do, the world would much rather increase their television watching.
Television is not the basic programs that were aired even a decade ago. There are now programs called reality television. Maryann Haggerty quoted, “In the blink of an eye, it seems, reality television has become a certifiable global pop-culture phenomenon. ” There are currently over 200 reality television shows broadcasting all over the world. Any given subject can be found on television. You can watch a program from cooking, to life of a teen mother. With all the hours spent on watching such shows, I feel television has corrupted the world.
Television is causing people to become, overweight; teens are using television as role models, and the world is using television for instant gratification. A decade ago, the average size person was a size 8-10. Today, the average person is a size 14. More kids are developing early onset diabetes. Although there are several reasons for this to happen, the main reason is time spent watching television ignoring physical activity. There are shows now that promote healthy ways to lose weight and improve yourself, but if you are in front of the TV watching, then you are not being active.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a position paper in February 2001 which noted its research has shown that, “Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television, which influence their perceptions and behaviors. Many younger children cannot discriminate between what they see and what is real. Research has shown primary negative health effects on behavior; nutrition, dieting, and obesity; and substance use and abuse patterns”. The television has become an alternative to play activity. When sitting in front of the television, you start to nibble on all types of food without being aware of it.
This allows you to increase calorie induction during non mealtime hours and burn few. The whole process of watching television is not an active one. In my youth you could burn extra calories just by chasing down the ice cream truck that came into the neighborhood while outside playing. Food producers manufacture food today that is quick and easy to cook just so you don’t have to spend much time and effort in the kitchen and lose vital television time. The commercials on TV show more food advertisements than years past. This triggers your brain to want to eat. Television does not promote a healthy lifestyle.
Junk food advertising can be viewed with regularity on TV. Most likely, the diet accompanying TV watching is high in sugar, fat, and calories along with being low in nutritional value. The American Heart Association shows that most ads during high child viewing hours are for sugary breakfast cereals, candy snacks, and fast food. Lack of nutrients and vitamins in foods increases the chances for illness and disease while simultaneously decreases the body’s ability to maintain a healthy vigorous lifestyle due to malnutrition. That is why the nation is more obese and lackadaisical than ever before.
On December 8, 2009 a show was released called Teen Mom. The show is supposed to represent how teen mothers survive after giving birth. It was aired to represent the bad, rough life a teenager faces. Because it is on MTV, and numerous teens love everything the channel represents, teens are using this show’s personalities as role models and glorify the life. In an interview conducted by Anita S. Lane, she interviewed Dr. Stacia Pierce, author of How Moms Can Raise Extraordinary Kids, she was quoted as saying, “Television is virtually raising our teenagers.
Teaching them about sex, distorting images of what the rest of the world is like, and desensitizing their morals”. Five out of every one hundred young adults have dropped out of school because they feel instead of going to school; they can post something on you tube or create a reality show and become rich. When Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi from the television show Jersey Shore was asked to speak at Rutgers University she stated, “study hard, but party and drink harder”. What is that teaching the young minds of today? She was paid 30,000 dollars to do her speech. What happened to kids striving to become doctors or lawyers?
If you ask a teen now what they aspire to be as adults, many will reply either a pro athlete or reality television celebrity. Teens have become more desensitized to the negativity in the world and suppressing their morals. When watching television, they see how it is okay to cuss out their parents or disrespect them. They are losing that innate learn pattern to feel sorry for people or know right from wrong. Over exposure to television in the home is creating violent teens at a high rate. The last way television is corrupting us is by the gratification theory spoken by Steven Reiss.
He stated, “People select media to fulfill certain needs. Media events repeatedly allow people to experience 16 desires and joys”. One of those fulfillments is curiosity. People always want to know what is going on with somebody else. Creating shows about people’s lives gives television watchers a first hand look of what someone else experiences or endures. The show Keeping up with the Kardashians is a good example. Most people are curious about how celebrities’ live. We have that desire for knowledge. Another fulfillment is vengeance. Some people love to watch other people being humiliated since it is not them.
This is a key component in most reality television shows. An example of such a reality show would be Hell’s Kitchen. This show has normal working class people aspiring to be a chef in an upscale restaurant owned by Chef Gordon Ramsey. He speaks to the contestants on this show in a very degrading and humiliating manner. He feels his ways are teaching the people to perform at their best. I do not know of anyone, under normal work place circumstances, that would sit there and allow themselves to be embarrassed and disrespected by their boss.
Behind the scenes, this attitude is encouraged to bring in more viewers. Another gratification is lust. They have all kind of shows that represent lusting. One example would be Flava of Love. How can these shows say these people are looking for love when they are only on the show maybe a month the longest. When people are watching this show, they are getting a false sense of people falling in love. Vindication is the biggest of the gratifications. That is the want for money and prizes. An example of this would be a reality show called Survivor. This is one of the highest ranking shows today.
This show represents just how far people will go for money. Morals are thrown out the window to win at any cost. Reality TV requires viewers to disengage from the suffering of the people or to derive enjoyment from it. Building ratings and increasing the shows revenue is the reality producers’ primary concern not the well being of the people on the show. People are at home fulfilling their needs just by watching television. The more we watch television; the more we are clouding our minds of false views. What many do not realize is although it is called reality television, it in fact far from reality.
It starts off with whom the producers choose to cast. They pick people who have a story that can be twisted and distorted in some way. Before any of these shows are viewed by the public, producers take months of filming and compose it into something the viewers will watch. Although the cast is not given a script, they are encouraged to act in ways they may not normally act in the “real world”. The reality show Bad Girls exemplifies this misleading nature. Six females are placed in a home, with no television, a bar full of booze, and let them loose to see what happens.
They are allowed to fight within reason. If this television show was depicting real life, the violent offenders would be arrested for assault. But they are protected from the law while on the show. A person can claim they have control over what they say and do, but really the television rules us. We are corrupted in so many ways, it is hard to just pin point one or two issues. We say a lot of our core values are taught at home from our parents, but if parents are conducting their lives in a similar behavior as TV personalities then who or what is doing the teaching.
With the recession becoming worse and more time is spent at home, we are transitioning into what we fought so hard not to become. And that is a corrupted nation. Before long, the world will consist of disrespectful, obese, distorted people who cannot see farther then the television set. Work Cited Page American Academy of Pediatrics, (Pediatrics. Volume 107, Number 2. February 2001, pp 423-426) (Pediatrics. Volume 107, Number 2. February 2001, pp 423-426) Woodard IV PHD, E. H. , & Gridina, N. (2000). Media in the Home [Electronic version].
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