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5 Reasons Television is Bad for You

Created by: infozooms | Last Updated: 03/24/2010

Watching television is a mixed blessing – it can be good or bad. While studies show that many shows are actually good for adults and kids, certain shows can have damaging effects. Some programs send people the wrong message and teach negative behaviors. Whether you watch television or you allow your kids to watch it, the wrong shows can leave destruction in their wake. Here are a few things that you need to watch out for with TV viewing.
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1. Violence

Study after study has been performed to determine lasting effects of violence on television to real life. The results are scary. The truth is that many children will watch a show containing violence in one form or another and internalize it. This leads to nightmares and sometimes, acting out. Now, when we talk about violence, this is not just the slash-type movies but shows that depict animals killing in the wild as a natural part of life, shows where children are left crying while mom and dad have an argument nearby or shows where people are abusive to each other for no apparent reason. Such scenes are all negative and to a child especially, devastating.
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Points: 8

2. Sexual content

While you can determine how much sexual content you want to see in the shows you watch, again, if you have children you want to be careful with how much they are exposed to while young. Although sex is a beautiful thing, to a child’s mind, it is not understood. Therefore, when a child watches television and things become too explicit for his/her young mind, it only causes confusion or fear. Several studies suggest that exposure to sexual content can encourage children to become sexually active way too young.
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Points: 7

3. Fear

Even to us as adults, watching planes hit the Twin Towers in New York on September 11 is horrific, something that sticks in the mind for life. Then if children see television shows that depict war, terrorism, death, natural disaster, and so on, it has a great effect that cannot truly be understood. Obviously as parents, we want our children to grow up with a strong mind and body, not a life of fear. Although children need to learn about truths regarding the world we live in, it is important that they be introduced slowly and that you do not allow television to be the educator.
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4. Fact from fiction

Going back to children, if your kids are watching the wrong shows on television, they would likely have a hard time separating fact from fiction. After all, television today is so realistic that monsters, robots, and futuristic scenes look real thanks to computers but as adults, we know they are merely created and not real. Unfortunately, kids do not have the same ability of dividing fact from fiction, which is where television becomes something bad.
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5. Daring and competitive

Many television shows take physical activity and competition, turning it into fun or daring events. For example, the show Jackass, portrays a man that does ridiculous and stupid things only to be hurt. However, somehow this man is always OK by the next show. What television does not show is the broken bones, surgeries, stitches, and pain that person endures. Kids watch these daring acts, believing they too can do the same things but without suffering consequences. Several years ago, one show depicted kids playing WWF wrestling by jumping from the roof of the house onto boards. This act was mimicked by a kid that had seen the show but he ended up dying.
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You know that you want the best for your child. You want every experience to be something positive, something that would promote a sound mind that would evolve into healthy decisions as an adult. The key is to make wise decisions for you but also for your kids that would allow you to watch fun, adventurous shows while avoiding bad television.
Added by: Brittany | On: 04/09/2010
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