Television Is Destroying Today's Youth, but Don't Blame T.V., Blame the Parents.

Topics: Television, Violence, Media violence research Pages: 4 (1302 words) Published: November 22, 2005
Ever since television was invented, it has become increasingly controversial every year since. So many programs and movies shown on television have become increasingly violent and show sexual innuendos and sexual content. If you were to turn on the six o' clock news, you would hear about the murders and the kidnappings and the rapes and all of the horrible things which happen in society, presented in a neutral manner which makes them all seem not quite so bad. Imagine how that looks to twelve year old child. Television has, since its invention, always been America's favorite source of entertainment. As society has changed, violence and sexual content have been added ever so increasingly over the years. After all, isn't that what makes T.V. shows interesting? Isn't that why we all want to go see that new movie that came out which is rated R instead of that movie rated PG? Although this violence and sexual content on television and in movies is having devastating effects on America's youth, you cannot blame television. Instead, we must blame our parents. So many parents these days do not take the time to talk to their children about what they see on T.V. For that matter, most parents do not even know what their children are watching. According to Nielson Media Research, in 1950, only 10% of American homes had a television and by 1960 the percentage had grown to 90%. Today 99% of homes have a television. In fact, more families own a television than a phone. Would you believe that 54% of U.S. children have a television set in their bedrooms? They do. I suppose that when you look at those statistics it would be no surprise at all to learn that fifty-five percent of children questioned usually watch television alone or with a friend, but not with their families. Children spend more time learning about life through media than in any other manner. The average child spends approximately 28 hours a week watching television, which is twice as much time as they...
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