Every parent cringes when we see a commercial that we know will prompt the words, "I want that!". Advertising today is relentless, the message is being sent that kids MUST have these products or they won't be happy. They see other children, shining and perfect examples of what they should be in the commercials, dressed well and living the life that they should want. Of course it makes them greedy, who can blame them for wanting what seems like the perfect life?
I do think children are more greedy these days. Parents are raising children to be selfish, un-self reliant brats. Kids see what their friends have and they want the same things. Which has always been true, but now parents give in to them more and more and it just increases the problem.
No, I do not think that children are more greedy because of what they see on television, because I think that children are naturally greedy. Children are the way that they have always been. It is natural that children try to satisfy their needs and wants. Children are no different than they were hundreds of years ago before television existed.
I think children are greedy today due to the world becoming a more greedy place, and monetary gain being the only economic driving force we have. Until this is remedied, people will continue being greedy and the seeds will continue to be planted in children. It's a pretty viscous cycle.
You will always have children wanting more, its why they are children. I think the media has just changed, in that it can reach the children on a larger scale. I think the world will always target children, but there is nothing the parents can do. Children want, parents buy. Its always been that way.