Cultivation of Television Shows on Children in America

We live in a world controlled by the stories we hear, see or tell. People tend to behave according to what they learn from other people and their environment, or the rules and morals that govern them. With the rise of the internet and different technology like television, mobile phones, and IPads etc, people tend to also use them as sources of information. Television helps in cultivating a culture for people to make sense of what the world is like. It is one of the main sources of the most broadly shed images, stories and messages that people learn from. It is also the standard of the basic typical environment into which this generation of children are conceived and in which we as a whole experience our lives. Despite the fact that new types of media appear to grow, the culture of televisions mass custom hints at no shortcoming, as its results and effects are progressively searched all over the world. Young children are flooded with different television shows daily. Children born in this generation do not know a time without phones, Internet or television. 

According to Jeff Share (2009), When a child gets to the age of six, they will have spent two hours a day with screen media, that number duplicates by age eight. He also mentions that before children reach the age 18 they spend six and a half hours per day with all types of media(Share, p. 126). These children are constantly learning and encoding information and messages from the shows they watch on television for long periods of time, that they start to mistake the fictional world of television for the reality. As children watch television shows they absorb images of what they believe is normal and should be taken for granted, which could affect their morals and decisions they make in their lives.  Children and even adults are binge-watching more television shows than ever. There’s now a new meme called Netflix and Chill. According to Wikipedia Netflix and chill is an English-language general term using an invitation to watch Netflix together as a euphemism for sex, either between partners or casually as a “booty call“.  Buzzfeed writer James Jones wrote an article about “17 People Who Seriously Misunderstood The Meaning Of “Netflix And Chill“. Here are some of my favorite pictures he posted in his  article:

I think it’s pretty sad that it is used in meme. Parents need to be more aware of what their children are watching on tv to prevent their children from cultivating bad morals and values from the fictional world to the real world. Also, children need to be more media literate earlier in their life to prevent marketers and media practitioners from compelling us to watch programs that only causes more issues in our society. So we can take power into our hands and choose was we want as our own culture. What do you guys think are all these television shows changing our ideas on things or do you think I am taking it too seriously.

Reference List:

Share, J. (2009). Young children and critical media literacy. In R. Hammer and D. Kellner [Eds.] Media/Cultural Studies (pp. 126- 151). New York: Peter Lang.




10 Comments Add yours

  1. jodyleylax says:

    This is an epidemic honestly, kids presently don’t know how to unplug because they were born to a world that’s connected. With that said I believe it is up to the parents to monitor what they’re children watches and to have a time limit on media viewing.

    1. kimberlyo1 says:

      Definitely, I agree with you. Parents need to make sure they monitor how much tv their children views. They also need to monitor how much time they spend online at a young age.

  2. rabi80 says:

    Now the problem is with the parents themselves don’t you think? haven’t you seen babies with tablets?

    1. ghadeeralsh4 says:

      I agree on what you said. now parents need to learn how to deal with this technology so they can control their kids!!

    2. kimberlyo1 says:

      I have. Funny my baby sister always cried when anyone took her tablet from her.

  3. judithdandan says:

    The childhood is disappearing now!!! Kids getting some information just like adult.

    1. kimberlyo1 says:

      The good thing with this is that children are getting very smart at a young age.

  4. noufabdulla says:

    I think parents should pay more attention about their children such as, when they buy tablets or phones or whatever, they should give them limit time not all the time in front of technology.

    1. kimberlyo1 says:

      Good point. I agree with you.

  5. reemkulaib says:

    All of this technology is double edge sword. Children can have useful information from them or usless info it depend on the parents

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