The Negative Effects Of Television: The Amount Of Violence On Television

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Waking up every Saturday morning to my favorite shows was always the highlight of my week. At eight years old I lived a pretty good life. Every morning I would wake up at 5:30am and got ready to go to my aunt’s house because my mom had to go to work during the week. When I got to my aunt’s house I brushed my teeth and she did my hair then took me to school. During school we’d read books, do worksheets and practice a lot of spelling and math. Finally there’d be recess and I’d play with all my friends and then end the day and go home. The first two hours after school would always be really boring then I’d have all the fun. I would come home and do all my chores: wash the dishes, make something to eat for my brother, sweep, mop, and take out …show more content…
An article published in August of 2013 noted that when children, especially young children, see violence on television, they have a difficult time differentiating between what is real or what is make believe, and tend to emulate or copy what they are seeing. Furthermore, there is a chemical change in the brain, similar to that which is seen in post-traumatic stress disorder; if enough violence is viewed, the brain reacts as if the person doing the viewing has actually been abused. Now add to this the fact that children who watch violence on television have brains that are still developing, and you can see how really dangerous TV viewing can be (Gross). This should not only have an impact on how much TV a young child watches, but a bigger impact on the parents allowing their children to watch this much …show more content…
It is stated that the average American home now has more television sets than people. That threshold was crossed within the past two years, according to Nielsen Media Research. There are 2.73 TV sets in the typical home and 2.55 people, the researchers said (USA Today). This gives a greater opportunity for children to view programs without a parent’s supervision.TV viewing among kids is at an eight-year high. On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console. Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. The vast majority of this viewing (97%) is of live TV (Boyse). The typical American child will view about 8,000 murders on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school, and 200,000 violent acts on TV by age 18

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