Television impacts our behavior

Television impacts our behavior

Does television impact our behavior?

There is a growing concern about the effect that television viewing has on our behavior. Some say that TV has no effect on anyone. Watching TV doesn’t encourage or discourage any choices we make.

Why then do advertisers spend $2.5 million dollars for a 30 second spot on the Superbowl? What we watch we take into our minds. Television impacts our behavior.

Advertisers use sex to sell their products because it works. Just how much effect it has on our choices is up for debate. TV viewing does effect us.
According to a National survey (1998) the average American watches 3 hours and 46 minutes of television each day! Here are some interesting statistics on television and our nation’s viewing patterns! (A.C. Nielsen Co., 1998)

Family Life:

  • 98% of U.S. households have at least one television.
  • 66% of Americans regularly watch TV while eating dinner.
  • 49% of Americans say they watch too much TV.
  • Average number of hours the TV set is on during the day: 7 hrs., 12 minutes.

The average American adolescent will view nearly 14,000 sexual references per year
Sexuality, Contraception, and the Media.  American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Public Education, January, 2001.

59 percent of parents say their 4-6 year-old boys imitate aggressive behavior from television
Zero to Six: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers.   Kaiser Family Foundation, 28 October, 2003.

How  television impacts our behavior?

Television can be compared to hypnosis, a tool used to put a person in a passive state to accept subconsciously given suggestions.  In other words we zone out while watching TV and the sponsor’s message makes it into our subconscious without us even knowing it.

Television is a lethal weapon used to desensitize, demoralize and eventually destroy the minds of people.

If we look at the incidence of violence, sex and drug references over the past 20 years we see a sharp increase in the number of each.Television impacts our behavior.

We also see an ever increasing graphic content each year. We had a family hour that is now being attacked by almost every network.

Sex, violence and drug references were not permitted during the family hour and now are common. The type of reference is also more extreme. We have nudity on TV during the family hour. How is this helping our children? Television impacts our behavior.

What about teens?

Teenagers who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs according to a study headed by the RAND Corp. and funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Television impacts our behavior.

70 % of all allusions to intercourse on TV involve unmarried couples or prostitutes.

Much of TV’s erotic activity involves violence against women, which is reflected in statistics that show that 50% of all women have been victims of rape, incest or battery.

We are creating a violent environment for our daughters and granddaughters. Television impacts our behavior.

We must pay attention to what advertisements say. Notice what they are telling you to do, as you sit there passively allowing them to do so.

“Buy this and you will be macho.”

“Buy this and you will have the nicest house on the street.”

“Buy this if you want to enjoy yourself.”

Is any of this true? Does simply buying their products change us somehow? Then why do we believe it? Because we are being convinced subconsciously that it is true. Then we act on our thoughts, even if they are not founded in fact.

Many children test whether something is real or not by whether they have seen it on TV or not. If it’s on TV it’s real. We need to be aware of what effects things have on us if we want to live authentic lives. Television impacts our behavior.