If we are surrounded by images, messages that set a certain "standard" for moral conduct and social behavior, even if as a society we do not accept the behavior, we are desensitized by it and then more more likely to embrace it, emulate it and tolerate it in our personal lives.
Mass media has are huge impact in the moral behavior in our society. These is because soe people tend to loosened up and follow the ways things are done in the television and they forget their own ways of doing things which make are society unique or conspicous. Since almost 95% of the family have television, I'm not saying that television is execrable its only our perspective that counts.If u choose to be the slave or the master of it the effect will be on us.
The media can make a variety of negative and destructive behavior look acceptable and entice youthful minds to be attracted to making wrong choices. Also the home life and upbringing can have a huge factor in the decisions of young people. It's unfortunate that today's youth are so sis sentinel
The moral decline of America has been an ongoing issue. My opinion, being well aware that everyone has their own beliefs, is that we have strayed too far from God. If you look in the book of Judges, the Lord delivered Israel to its enemies because they were morally corrupt. Now Christians, Catholics and Jews have flaws, but so does everyone. People in America have become numb to suffering and injustice because we face it, and do it, every day.
For the most part, TV shows have characters who are not good role models. Even superhero shows can be negative influences. Children see superheroes as the good guys who save the world from danger. The good guy always beats the bad guy and rescues many people in the process, but how does he accomplish this? BANG! ZAM! BOOM! POW! The hero often uses violence against the villain. Since the hero is seen as a role model in the eyes of many, especially children, they may try to imitate him, leading to increased aggression and an overall desensitization toward real-life violence. I'm not trying to pick on superheroes. In fact, I personally love watching superhero shows. And the truth is, it's not just superhero shows that may have these affects on people. But think about it: how does it make sense to use violence to try to rid the world of it? And what will the next generation grow up to be like if these types of behavior are encouraged and what basic, vital morals will be lost in the process?
Children are viewing TV in an age where they have to become an exception to fit in. Who is there to model on TV? There are reasons why men should marry women. We want the human race to continue at a healthy rate for heaven's sake! Females model for girls and males model for boys and they understand how to take on roles in society. True homosexuality is not a choice! Why present it that way? Not every family has a gay person, a drug dealer, a dying parent, an adopted Asian child, or a Goth child! This is not the new normal. If so, should TV not try to model the old normal? Parents should act like parents and teach children life's most important lessons: How to make good decisions. How to treat your fellow man. How to tell the truth. Respect nature. Be happy you were born without a hole in your nose or fangs in your mouth. Keep your private life special and private. Honor your promises.
The amount of time spent in front of the television has increased significantly over the years. TV is now used as a babysitter for many busy parents. With the changing moral codes of television stations, these children are bombarded with images and messages that they are simply too mature for them to handle. Children are left with the impression that promiscuity and violence are normal parts of daily life and little of these programs teach lessons of morality to our children. And for families that do their viewing together, many parents aren't choosing wisely as to what they are viewing with their children. I am an educator at an elementary school and I am shocked at the viewing habits of many of the young children.
We see how unacceptable poor behavior is common and expect it. Some of us subconsciously mimic it this poor behavior while other openly look up to it. Crime is plastered over the TV with no real consequences and yet we rarely see optimistic things, such as how we each can instill good morals and respect into children or others who lack them.
There is an abundance of television programming contributing to low self-esteem, violence, and sexual misconduct among our citizens, particularly young people who may be more naive than adults. This is especially true for the young people without proper guidance to give them a sense of reality necessary to watch such programming in a responsible manner and for entertainment only.
Many TV programs now focus almost completely on scandalous behavior, like extramarital sex, violence, revenge, lies, and so forth. These things are being held up, if not as a model, at least as something that is just funny and entertaining. When you spend hours a week watching people on TV do such things, it's impossible not to let that influence your idea of what "normal" is now. And, when you think lying or committing adultery is normal, that makes you more likely to do it.
Watching television exposes us to many themes that reach beyond the immoralities we are exposed to in the events of our daily lives. Watching television, we can vicariously live through just about any personality or character type. Solving murders and watching all kinds of different scenarios play out is part of watching television, and while it can be exciting, it can be very detrimental to one's social well being and moral standards.
In the years that I have been watching television, I have seen the amount of violence and reprehensible behavior passed off as cool or funny grow enormously. In the same time, young people seem to have less of a sense of what is moral behavior. Recently, my son saw a person breaking into a house in broad daylight as he was driving by. He told me about it as a funny story, which is how he found it. When I asked him why he didn't call the police, he was taken aback and said it never occurred to him. I think watching so many hours of television where illegality is shown as humorous led to a situation like this.
People in America watch many hours of television a week, especially the very young. Research has shown that there is an impact on attitudes by television viewing, including how we view sex and violence. I believe the slow infusion of negative language such as swearing makes it more acceptable and part of the normal vernacular. I also think that when we see negative relationships, such as parents treated like they are very ignorant by their children, that these attitudes can be internalized by children. There is a reason that experts advise limiting television and other screen time for children.
Anecdotal evidence shows that people are always affected by the things they see around them. That includes things they see on TV. The people on TV know this too, and try to change society in various ways. For example the gay rights lobby and other political causes spend massive amounts of money on TV. They do this because it is the most successful way for a tiny group of people to change the beliefs and behavior of the overwhelming majority of people. People on TV divorce often, are often gay, and increasingly they meet stereotypes for their appearance and situation. These things are all immoral according to almost everyone in the world...with the clear exception of people who watch a lot of TV.
I don't think that television can make people commit crimes or behave a particular way due to one show, but in the long run, over time, a constant mental diet of garbage television can definitely start to alter the morals and values of a society. If a culture only consumes garbage it will be more likely to behave in ways that aren't acceptable. Rudeness and other negative talk and behavior is the norm on television and thus will also be in a society that spends most of its leisure time watching television.
I believe TV can influence the moral behavior of people, in a bad way. Everyday we see something horrible or negative on the news. This negativity can cause an individual to go throughout the day with negative thoughts. Also, it seems like shows have sexual or violent scenes in them. The more we see them, the more we get use to these ideas and suddenly these ideas are brought into our daily lives.
Just take a look at programming on television today compared to the programming allowed twenty years ago and you will have your answer. With doing so you can tell that our morals have been greatly loosened from what they used to be. Before you would never see a half naked person or someone being shot on television. The fact that as Americans we allow and promote this type of action on our televisions shows that as we push the envelope further and further it allows our morals to disintegrate.
With the influx of reality television shows, we are viewing even more inappropriate behavior these days. Unfortunately, in most cases, these behaviors are not punished and seem to be viewed as acceptable. This encourages people to mimic these attitudes and actions and think that it's acceptable in everyday life. Even cartoons, i.e., The Simpsons, portrays bratty children and bad language. Is that what we want our children to emulate? Where's the "Brady Bunch" when you need them? Even though a lot of these reality television shows can be viewed as entertaining, they don't show the long-term effects of that type of behavior and the individual's are often rewarded for their behavior. This certainly sends a bad message that "bad guy's do finish first", which shouldn't be our motto for society.
I believe that TV has a substantial influence on peoples moral behavior because it desensitizes people to a variety of immoral behaviors such as violence, sex, gossip, and many other issues. The explosion of addiction to sex is a great piece of evidence that exposure to immoral images in print and on the TV leads to perversion and addiction.
Everything we see in popular culture is designed to sell something. It may not always be clear what, but the "programmer?" Are trying to make money somehow. Before written word became so prevalent, the main way people learned was thru music, pictures, and stories. We have evolved/are designed to accept this programing. Few people are going to invest time watching shows or listening to music or about high morals and values such as hard work and perseverance, treating others with respect, staying calm and stoic in the face of stress, etc. Etc. The very nature of the mediums in question is such that they only have an a few minutes to an hour to convey the message, so, many important ideals such as patience and long suffering are relegated to montage. Instead our stories are filled with hedonistic behavior, over emotionality, exaggeration, gratuitous jabber, all aimed at grabbing the attention of people to sell a message. Usually the message is "buy our product! Watch our show! This world is about you! This will make your life easier, faster, funner, more sexual, more powerful, all at a low reasonable price." The underlying assumption being that everyone needs these things in their life and if you don't have them your missing out. Some of the "no" Arguments on here mentioned some things I'd like to address. Some talk about studies. I'd like to see how these "studied?" Define and measure moral and immoral behavior, and also I would love to see who commissioned and paid for those studies. Another person said TV isn't a contributing factor to immoral behavior because parents should be supervising what there kids watch. What "should b?" And "what I?" Is vastly different in a society where the TV functions as free babysitting.
OK, honestly I don't know completely for sure and it very well could impact that. But seriously people need to quit putting the blame for their bad behavior on external forces. "Oh I couldn't help it, it was the video games." "Oh I couldn't help it, it was my parents." "Oh I couldn't help it, it was my brain chemistry."(which is actually an internal force and one that you are intimately involved in altering every moment of your life)
Get over yourselves people. You have choices. Make them and own them.
Television really only impacts the young and the impressionable. Parents should take an active role in their children's moral development, and a good example of this would be teaching the child the difference between fantasy and reality. Television programming is 100% fantasy. So, if people understand the difference between fantasy and reality, then there will be no issues with moral problems caused by television, books or media, in general. In which case, it falls on those who raise the person, as to what has caused moral decay.
Most young people today get most of their information from electronic media, but most of it is from the Internet. Television is very tame, compared to this influence. People have choices in how they act, and we need to make them responsible for their own actions. There will always be a source from which people learn new information, and the source itself cannot be labeled as "bad". People's choices are the determining factor.
I don't believe there is any reliable evidence that moral behavior is negatively impacted by television programming. Studies have not unambiguously shown a causal link between television programming and bad behavior. Countries with more lax rules about television programming do not have a higher incidence of immoral behavior. People can easily separate the fantasy of a television show from reality, and there is no evidence that witnessing immoral behavior leads people to imitate it.
It is really easy to blame various external factors for issues in society today, however, the key thing that has an impact is the values that people develop as children at home. It is important for the parents to take the time to teach their children the difference between right and wrong. Once these are instilled properly then things like what is aired on TV will not play a role in society.
Television programming does not negatively impact moral behavior, but rather educates society on others moral perceptions. Traditional American moral values are not the values of the entire world. We are learning that morals of the Islam world would seem overly restrictive on Americans, while philosophies of the east, such as Buddhism, teach us that not harming others is more important than conformance to western religious dogma. Although, television presents more graphic information on personal relationships, crime rates in the U.S. have continued to decrease.
People who have good moral behavior, will always have good moral behavior, regardless of what they watch, or see other people do. People have free will and their own mind, they know what's an appropriate way to act and what is inappropriate, regardless. People are held accountable for their own actions.
People have been behaving immorally since we evolved the capacity to understand morality. They do so because of instinctive urges, or because of broad social influences. Television is a tiny drop in the bucket, particularly among cynical consumers who grew up with it and are accustomed to filtering out media messages.
What was acceptable on television in the past has changed over the years. This change is due to a change in morals by society itself. Television is like a window into the depravity of society. If society thought it was wrong to show sex on television between an unmarried couple then it would. This doesn't cause people to think this is ok, this is because people already think it is ok. There is indeed a cause and effect relationship, but it is society causing the depravity visible on television.