The Harmful Effect of Television on Children and Teen-agers Essay

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The entertainment that television is now portraying is not exactly what the younger society of America needs to be exposed to, but unfortunately in today's economy that is the only kind of entertainment that sells. There is so much unnecessary exposure to violence, aggressive behavior, and sexual acts now being broadcasted daily on television, movies, music, and even the news. The broadcasting systems are now targeting younger children and teens. The crime rates have skyrocketed due to delinquent juvenile behavior over the past ten years. The whole viewing society is now becoming very tolerant and at ease with sex and violence. Youth and children are picking up on these behaviors daily. Studies have shown that by the age of 18, the …show more content…
They showed that "the homicide rate among whites, who were the first to buy the sets, began to rise, while the black homicide rate didn't show any such increase until four years later."(Kristol) Children watch and enjoy the violence they see. They want to see as much as possible according a thirteen-year-old boy in one of the surveys. These surveys give proof that violent behavior is learned from television and movies, and improved with time and exposure to extreme amounts of violence.

Then, the American public seem to cling to reality shows like "Desperate Housewives", "World's Scariest Police Chases", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigators", and "NYPD Blue" that display an over-exposure to murder, rape, violence, and suicide scenes. The first TV show mentioned actually advertises sex with minors, adultery, robbery, and murder. The other three television shows deal with police activities, but they have extreme amounts of violence and the actual steps to committing the crimes. Violent movies, television shows, and even video games essentially train teens and children how to have sex and kill and to be successful at it.

As if the television shows and movies are not bad enough, people then watch the news on a daily basis. America watches the news to have up-to-date information about the world around us. It does a great job informing the public, but may go a little to far.

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