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The Effects Of Television On Your Life

Updated on November 4, 2011

The effects of television have increased dramatically over the years. Television itself has changed immensely since it's debut. The early televisions were even part mechanical. The display screen used a little motor that spun a little disc and small lamp to create a very blurry picture. Soon after the all electronic television came about, broadcasting quickly followed. The world has changed dramatically ever since.

Early television was received in the homes by the use of antennas. Most of these were mounted on towers and had to be turned to point in different directions to pick up other stations. The picture was low to medium quality at best. For apartment dwellers and others who had no place for an outdoor antenna system, rabbit ear antennas were widely used. The picture was of even poorer quality. With the start of cable television and then later when satellite service and digital TV became available, picture quality increased tremendously.

It seems violence has been in television since the beginning of broadcasting. There has also been many good wholesome family shows that were non-violent in nature. Shows like Andy of Mayberry, Gilligan's Island, and My three sons were all basically non -violent programming. Television has also brought about many other good quality programs. It just seems that as the years go by, violent shows far outnumber the non-violent.

Cartoons have always had an element of violence in them. Popeye, Mighty Mouse, Underdog, and others were all based on violence. They all had their special villain that each had to fight. Bugs Bunny was shot at so many times that his rabbit hole should have been filled with purple hearts. Children are usually exposed to violence on television at a very early age. Even though we think babies do not understand, they should not be placed in the vicinity of violent television programs.

War movies, westerns, and action movies are usually packed with violence. There is so much violence on TV that most people don't even realize how much they are exposed to each day. Keep track of how many violent scenes in one movie and you will be amazed. Is this television effect indeed the cause and increase in violence throughout the world? The world has always been a violent place with countless wars before the invent of television, but I believe it is worth a try to go the other route and see if non-violent programs can slow the violence down.

Some recent children's television shows have thrived without the violence. Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and Barney are some of the most popular programs that feature friendship, sharing, and getting along no matter what race you might be. This could be the way of the future instead of fighting wars and violent crimes. There are enough natural disasters around without having to create man made ones.

What is the television effect? It has both good and bad effects, but it is one of the best sources of entertainment that has been around for almost as long as anyone can remember. The best effect is limit what you watch and add other sources of entertainment in place of what you were watching. Go out and do things. Play a game of softball. Go for walks and get some exercise. Build a bird house. After a while you will find out you do not need the TV as much as you thought you did.

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    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      5 years ago from Everywhere

      Thanks Rodric, television has really changed the world, some bad, some good, but not many would give it up

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I think that this article gives a general overview of what television is and general picture of how it has touched society. It seems to be more of an editorial type of informative piece than a in dept treatment of television's affect on society. It opens up the opportunity to discuss television culture without seriously accusing it of any ills. I like it and the comments that it garnered. I voted it up.

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      6 years ago from Everywhere

      You are right MelChi, TV is an addiction and a waste of time. Reading is much more relaxing and it stimulates the nuerons in your brain which hepls keep you young. Have a great weekend.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I used to be addicted to TV, I'd spend almost the entire weekend days watching the Food Network channel, and then flipping between reality channels. What a waste of time! Now I watch TV so seldom it makes me wonder why we have the satellite description (besides the sports channels for my husband when Man United are playing!) I'd much rather drive 10 minutes and walk on the beach, or read my book in the sun on the bed or outside. I fully agree with you - TV zaps so much of our lives, it's quite scary.

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      6 years ago from Everywhere

      You are so right. I watch some TV during football season and that is about it. Once in a while I will watch a movie on my computer. I would rather live my life than watch someone on a screen live theirs.

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      Green Art 

      6 years ago

      I grew up watching a variety of the programs mentioned here and have fond memories of some. I've found over the years though that real life is so much more interesting than any programs on TV. Who needs soap operas when the activities in ones own neighborhood fit that bill. The daily newspaper and the six o'clock news provide more than enough violence for me. I watch rented movies a few times a week and that's about it.

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      blackreign2012 

      7 years ago

      you are certainly correct sir :-)

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      7 years ago from Everywhere

      Thank you very much blacreign. I do not watch much television either and sometimes weeks go by without it being turned on. There are many other forms of entertainment that actually make you learn something.

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      blackreign2012 

      7 years ago

      this was an interesting hub. I myself don't participate in alotof tv watching just because its not a productive activityin my eyes.. ty for sharing :-)

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      7 years ago from Everywhere

      There is a lot of bad on television, but there is also a lot of good. Children should be limited to the amount of TV the watch and be encouraged to find things to do by using their imagination.

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      xixi12 

      7 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

      Great hubs. Television has brought its share of dramatic change in entertainment. Its now the time of video games. Unfortunately, crime seems to be a lot more interesting for most people that it now rules entertainment.Young children no longer have a life, no friends, no activities, high rates in obesity e.t.c. But all in all, its not all bad news, tv is great for keeping informed. Thanks for sharing

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      7 years ago from Everywhere

      ty vendetta. The world has had television such a short period and has changed it dramatically.

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      vendetta20vs 

      8 years ago

      nice hub

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      8 years ago from Everywhere

      Thank you Martha. Good or bad, TV has made a major impact on our lives.

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      8 years ago from Everywhere

      Thank you dream. There were also earlier kids shows that were non-violent, such as Captain Kangeroo and Romper Room. TV has also been the cheapest babysitter there is.

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      Martha Castillo 

      8 years ago

      Good points to ponder. I Love Lucy was a great one to watch too.

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      I liked it very much.You brought back many memories.I couldn't wait to watch t.v. when I was young.I watched my share of violent t.v. programs.I think we new the difference it was only t.v.It was never real.So I was enjoying, laughing and watching the Three stooges and the road runner and many westerns to name just a few.When I had to go to work I worked nights and all that changed.Slowly I had no time for t.v. but I still love to watch when ever time permits.Now I rather write and read what so many other people know and think about.Have a great day.

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