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Chaotic signals from Radio and Television

Updated on December 6, 2012

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An American girl listens to a radio during the Great Depression.
An American girl listens to a radio during the Great Depression. | Source

Are we addicted to chaos

A noisy home is where many people have originated from today, whether you live in a rural area, a city, town, or even on a farm. Listening to loud noises and noise making is something that many people have grown quite acquainted to ever since the industrial revolution and the rise of machines.

Radio Defined by Wikipedia, “is the transmission of signals through free space by electromagnetic waves with frequencies significantly below visible light, in the radio frequency range, from about 3 kHz to 300 GHz.”

Radios have been in our lives for many years, and the very first radio transmitters were invented by Nicolas Tesla, and was granted his patent back in 1943 by the US Government’s Supreme court, but the very first wireless radio signal was sent by a Guglielmo Marconi in 1895, as he sent a radio wave across the English channel reproducing the “S” symbol, as the very first super long distance radio telegraphed message of sorts, across the transatlantic which took a years time to finally receive.

This was a very significant occurrence and many other inventors’ years later would learn to adapt to this new innovation of sorts, to eventually lead to the modern day radios of the 21 century. The eventual development of the transistor radio, and the application of building its inner workings into computers, has made it possible for us to communicate the way we do today using them.

Addiction to abrasive sounds-

People have adapted a form of acceptance today to loud noise coming from radios, and music sound systems. Now, since many people need to drive cars today to get from place to place, and many cars are fully equipped with powerful sound systems, this happens without putting much thought into it all.

Some people actually have chosen to ramp up the audio volume levels in their cars, by upgrading them with stronger woofers, or speakers that increase the outward bound sound waves, bass, and treble, which actually has the potential to cause severe havoc and catastrophic damage to a persons ear drums, if turned up just a few notches on the volume. This is by far the best example of being addicted to such chaotic extremes sound waves can cause, and especially if not properly managed with protective or preventative safety measures such as ear plugs, which are used in industrial areas, and are strickly mandatory.

Tech Facts!

  • Did you know? that the a radio station dial setting of both AM & FM are actually technical acronyms, for the measure of a type of modulation from sound wave signals.
  • AM - Amplitude Modulation
  • FM - Frequency Modulation


2011's U.S. Statistics on Television viewing addiction

  • 49% of the people in the U.S. say their addicted to television
  • 3 million videos have been checked out of the public libraries in the U.S.
  • 6 million videos have been rented out in the U.S. for viewing purposes
  • 99% of the actual total of U.S. citizen’s have a television in their homes
  • A total of 2.24 TV sets on average are in every household in the U.S.
  • 66% of the U.S. homes actually have at least 3 televisions in them
  • 250 Billion is the total number of hours televisions gets watched per year
  • 1,680 is the total number of minutes that the average child watches television
  • 70% of care centers use TV to assist in keeping children entertained
  • Children witness 200,000 violent acts while watching TV by the age of 18

Television is compelling

I will refrain from providing the definition of TV, because most of us pretty much know very well what it is, but I did provide up above this cool video & down below that old school TV image, some useful statistics as to how much people are viewing it all. Watching TV has become something second nature to the average person worldwide and ever since it became available to the public back in 1920, and not just in America. It's something that has almost become an essential factor in a person’s childhood development, and even became a sort of anti-cultural upbringing as well today, with parents using TV’s as a substitute babysitter at times.

People have become so addicted to watching it, that they will spend much more time in front of the TV and all throughout their life, then in the actual engagement of normal functioning activities in nature, in the community, at work, at play, or even in connection with true reality.

This is something that has not come as a shock to us all, because of the fact that the average person has grown to adapt to the more modern day commodity, and learned to utilize such a machine to afford them information in the form of visual entertainment, which presents them with a plethora of viewing choices, besides the fact that they can sit or lay down in a relaxed state of being while doing so.


Television Addiction is Real

This form of addiction is by far the most addicting in today's day and age, and has been the end result of many people losing sight of reality altogether, their health consciousness, and over livelihood issues. This is the case for many Americans, even if they must go to a 9-5 job, because most of them, will simply return to the vicious cycle of starring at that crazy box as soon as they return back home from a hard days or nights work.

Today TV’s have evolved in such a way that they are now equipped to accept digital signals as opposed to analog, and this also affords people the ability to connect their TV’s to the internet, which will be addressed in another part of this hub series on chaos & technology. The use of the Internet on per say a wide screen television, has posed and even greater addictive behavioral factor, and the potential for anyone to fall victim to.

This is so mainly since the Internet doesn’t have a limitation to selective channels too choose from, and it has much more than meets the eye for folks, with billions of web locations for all viewing purposes, this is one tough technology to resist, but its oh so chaotic at the same time. The funny thing is you can watch television programs on the web, on your wide screen TV, and how ironic & quite chaotic is that.

In recent years TV’s have gotten much flatter by their high technical design, slicker looking, and intensively wider looking, and they even have 3D Televisions today such as from manufacturers as Samsung, LG, Panasonic, and many more.


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Rahul, thanks bro for the comment, I did my best with this subject, and hope to be able to complete the series here that I started soon. Chat with you soon bro.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Factual, objective and delivers the message....

      quite a write Mike

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Oh yes indeed they are @carol7777, kids are addicted to noise, mass confusion, video games and so many other non-sensible things today.

      It is a shame, and so I'm doing my part here to help make the difference wherever the truth might fall, and for anyone who chooses to learn of what it is that I've put down here.

      The truth needs to be known, that balance is what we all need today, you know, lets hope such articles surface and help people in the thousands, if no millions today.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Melovy, I truly appreciate your visit here it means a lot to me.

      Yup, medieval times was rough indeed, and I did do my research on that subject many years back as well, and so today seems to have a great resemblance to its unstable times as well, I must agree with you.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey there Bill, I don't own a neither, and so you see why I have so much time to do all of my writing today.

      I decided to make writing on hubpages a full time effort, and so I write for a living today Bill on here & been trying to brand myself as a professional writer as well as you already have been noticing.

      So, I have no time for game playing or what have you, my family needs to survive, one way or another, and watching Television can not make ends meet for me or them, you know.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I think kids today are addicted to everything except quiet, peace and thinking. They have constant noise one way or another. TV is easy to get addicted to. If you didn't have TV for three weeks the addiction may go away. Great hub...and voted up.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Mike, this is a very interesting article and I love your title. It so aptly describes what the real addiction is: to chaos, or drama. If it wasn't technology it would probably be something else: in medieval times men fought duels or went into battle with neighbouring tribes or clans. Having recently been to visit Mary Queen of Scots house and read about all the plotting and counter-plotting and killing that went on then, I'm not so convinced our current society is so bad.

      Addiction to any form of external chaos is an attempt to block out internal chaos. Thankfully, I need it less and less these days.

      Thanks for such a thought-provoking hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The man speaks the truth; I just wrote about television a couple hubs ago, and the statistics are frightening and shocking. I knew this country was addicted but I had no idea how badly.

      Proud to say I don't own one and don't miss is at all. As for noise, I can't write with even a radio on....any background noise and my mind is mush. Probably explains why I love the mountains so much...just the sounds of nature.

      Great hub and a point that needs to be driven home to many out there.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Minnetonka Twin, its a good thing to admit to our addictions in life, because its the first step towards recovery LOL.

      I quit watching the darn tube back in college pretty much, and maybe I seen it a bit after every once in a blue, when I wen't from relationship to relationship, which required a Television to entertain the ladies I had met back then, and was dating, but now I'm married, and so luckily my wife doesn't watch TV neither.

      Thanks for you cool insight there, and honesty, it was cool to get to hear from another TV addict as I once was, and I've been clean for a while though or lets just say my viewing eyes, Hehe!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I am definitely addicted to t.v. for me, having a radio on or t.v. is relaxing for my soul. I think so many of us have adapted to some type of white noise. I know being quiet is good for the soul too and I save that time for my prayers and before bed time.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @MelChi, Thank you for visiting and for you awesome insight here, Yeah it is quite addicting isn't it, I just cant get many of the precious hours of real life I lost just staring at them boxes.

      Now I substituted a TV entirely for a cool money maker instead known as a Laptop computer, HEHE!!!! and I'm addicted to trying to think it will earn me some form of consistent revenue streams some day, who knows right!

      What makes the web more addicting though is communicating with real people socially like this, because it becomes more real then anything else in my opinion due to our thoughts making a complete connection.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @mjbanzuelo1288, thanks for the comment, and for visiting.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @TToombs08 for the comment and for sharing, yeah I prefer to have quite today, but I was born and raised in a very chaotic environment in New York City, its was very noisy, and in my home as well the TV was blasting all the time, loud music being played all day and night, and by so many competing folks it seemed, that you couldn't get away from it no matter which way you turned.

      I love the City, but I can do without all of the unnecessary chaos in it, you know.

      This may be the reason why I loved school so much, and libraries, as well as parks when they were quite empty and not crowded. I was deprived of serenity, peace of mind and the likes that quietness brings us all at a very young age, and till I became a man, but today I live in peace due to residing in a much quieter neighborhood.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow, those facts are quite scary! It is so easy to become addicted to TV - most of us don't even realise when we are. Thanks for sharing this, voted up, interesting, etc.

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      mjbanzuelo1288 5 years ago from Davao City

      Nah!nice article!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey Josh, your super quick bro at responding to hubs, wow!

      Thanks man for that cool comment, yeah chaos is everywhere, and so I figured why not break out the technological kind for people to view, and think about a bit.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hiya, Mike. Not this kid, I much prefer the music of a gentle mountain brook, or the kiss of an ocean wave on the beach, the quiet sounds of nature. Great job on chaos and all of the causes! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Very interesting article here buddy! Thought provoking and very relevant. Many of us are addicted to technology in some way shape or form. SOme more than others. For instance, I have never cared for amping up the volume on my radio. But, I do spend a lot of time on the computer. Thanks for sharing this infirmative hub Mike!