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Television and its Effects

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Television and its Effects There have been a lot of studies carried out about the effects of television on people, and all of the results seem to point to the same conclusion: Violence on Television affects the behaviour of children who are watching it. In a lot of cases, violence on Television causes children to be increasingly violent, and sometimes the effects could even remain with a child for the rest of their life. A lot of psychologists believe that the continued exposure to violence can speed up the impact of the 'real world' on a child. Exposure to violent material could sometimes force the child into some sort of premature maturity, and make the child become bewildered, unhappy, and have a greater distrust towards others. Sometimes it could even make the child have awkward approaches to adult problems and they might even lose the desire to become adults. ...read more.

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Because of this, break times were filled with dozens of children play fighting, and perhaps increasing their desire for actual combat. Before the 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' was 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and this is another good example of children wanting to imitate what they see on television. This made children want to be ninjas, as well as ignite their interest in weapons such as kendo sticks and ninja death stars. It has apparently been found that children who watch more television are more likely to try and solve their problems with violence, rather than sitting down to talk their problems out of even just arguing verbally. Fixing the problem of violence on television isn't easy, and it will never go away, and in time it will probably get worse. Probably one of the only ways to correct this ever-growing problem is to stop it where it begins: in the home. ...read more.

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For years, programs containing content deemed inappropriate have been censored, and parts have been edited out. This is because of the fact that television has become one of the most largest and effective influences on our culture today, and also one with a huge audience. The amount of sexually related material that is 'acceptable' to show on TV has dramatically increased since fifty years ago. Around this time a program on television displaying a woman with a skirt that didn't cover her knees would be classified as porn, however today it is not uncommon to have a scene where cast members are entirely naked and only the strategically placed props obscure the audiences view of certain areas of their body. I do think however, that the amount of sex on television today is acceptable as long as it is in good taste, considering the watershed that is in operation today on British TV, meaning that children are unlikely to see scenes involving sex. chris straker ...read more.

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