Negative Effects of Television

Are you in the habit of relaxing by watching television? However television is replete with programs involving objectionable content and violence. Read on to learn about the bad and negative effects of television on children and elders alike.
| Friday, November 21, 2008

Watching television is one of the ways many people choose to unwind after a hard day’s work. While television is a major source of entertainment the content depicted including violence and adult content in television can have negative effects on the viewers. Many children end up watching television even before they start school and so television has a huge impact on their impressionable minds. Even infants and toddlers watch around 2 hours of television per day. For kids under the age of 6 the time spent in front of the television is also around 2 hours while kids and teens tend to spend as much as 4 hours in front of the television besides spending some time at the computer.

Television can be used to impart education where children learn the alphabet but as they grow older they tend to spend far too much time and this in turn interferes with their normal activities such as playing with friends, reading and doing homework.

Bad Effects of Television

  • The violence depicted on television has a desensitization effect on the children. On an average American children witness around 200000 acts of violence in television by the time they turn 18. This makes them less sensitive and increases their aggressiveness since this television violence is often portrayed to be fun and acceptable. E.g.: A child may think it is perfectly alright for a man to hit another person because his favorite character did that.
  • Television also portrays certain topics rather brazenly when in fact these issues need to be dealt with care and sensitivity. Sex, substance abuse and other important issues are not handled and depicted with a great deal of maturity on television and this in turn can end up giving out the wrong message. E.g: A program objectifying women and portraying them as sex objects may end up giving the wrong message to youngsters.
  • Advertisements such as those promoting alcohol and cigarettes have resulted in a large number of youngsters indulging in their consumption.
  • One of the biggest ill effects of television is that it has contributed to increasing obesity among people. While watching television people tend to consume large amounts of unhealthy food items such as chips and soft drinks. Television is only promoting the sedentary lifestyle that people follow and this in turn has contributed to obesity.
  • Commercials on television are directed towards marketing toys and other items for the kids and these are responsible to a certain extent to the wrong habits and wrong choices that children tend to make.
  • Some research studies indicate that television is responsible for hampering the development of some areas of the brain that are in control of moral judgment and also attention. That is why many studies also seek to link the relationship between attention and comprehension problems and television.
  • Television may also affect relationships between families since it may not allow family members to spend quality time with each other. It may also stop people from following other good habits like reading books and socializing.
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Manisha on Monday, March 18, 2013
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I think if people become more responsible as from today
Hi Friends!! on Sunday, February 17, 2013
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It was a very informative article. tv is a good source f entertainnment (only). you have proved that there are more side effects than positive effects . i think that even more points of adverse effects of tv should be added like vision problems , spending time on useless things etc. i appreciate your writing style ! keep it up. a good friend of all..
Katie on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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This really got me thinking. thanks it hepled alot on my essay!
13 Year Old on Friday, February 10, 2012
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This article really helped me in language arts with my research paper.i don't think letting a kid go out with a lighter and fireworks alone is a good idea.video games are fine just not a lot i play them myself but not 24/7.get him sumptin like leggos army sets somthing that he really likes and can collect andplay with for hours.
Juan on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Thank you really helped on my essay
Aman on Monday, October 17, 2011
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Thnk u so much this really helped me in my english essay....!!!!!! thnku.... st' mary's academy, aman , vii b
Unknown on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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This article helped me so much on my english research project. thanks so much.
Anonymus on Monday, February 21, 2011
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This is really helping me out on my english paper! thanks!!
Unknown on Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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Thanks alot for this article. it helped me alot in my essay. you've stated really good points although i think they needed to be backed up with more facts.. great !!
Justin on Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Get him some fire works and a lighter and tell him to go outside and have fun.
» Lolita replies to Justin on Friday, March 25, 2011
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I dont think this is gonna work becoz he's just 8-year-old boy. this is gonna be dangerous more than fun, dont u think?
Mic on Friday, September 11, 2009
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Get him a video game system and let him play that for hours upon hours.
» Julie replies to Mic on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Video game would be the same thing
Jaya on Thursday, April 9, 2009
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Get him something that fascinates him and is good for him like a bicycle, some puzzle game or anything that would be good for him and keep him away from the tv.
Debbie on Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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My son is just 8 years old and is very addicted to our tv box. i don't know how can i restrict him in a effective way. your article was insightful, can you help me with some friendly solutions
» Shakti replies to Debbie on Sunday, January 17, 2010
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U should detatch the cable n play with him of watch movies n shopp.yo!