Essay on The Effect of TV Violence on Youth
In this essay I will assess whether violence on television causes violence in society. This is such a common claim that most people believe that it simply must be true. However there is no proof although some sociologists suggest that there is a relationship between the two.
Teenagers are constantly being bombarded with so-called ‘parental warnings’ and ‘film certificates’ which intend to provide us with guidance on what we should and should not be watching, if it be on the box or at the cinema. Many politicians try to convince us that television is bad for us, a device which ’corrodes the moral values of society and corrupts children with relentless images …show more content…
Some people may argue that it cannot be denied that what appears on screen has no effect because multi-millions of pounds are being spent on advertising. However the purpose of advertising is to persuade people to buy products-it rarely tries to change people’s behaviour, and when it does it usually does not work for example the very long-running campaigns trying to persuade people not to drink and drive which had virtually no effect. The government faces a similar problem today with young smokers who seem quite resistant to health messages to help them quit.
There are statistics which include that children watch an average of 28 hours of television per week. It has been said this is continually having a negative effect on them but there is no real sense in which television sells violence as desirable behaviour for the audience other than as entertainment. It is true that children are visual learners and it would be natural for them to imitate what is being seen on TV and try it out while playing, however it cannot be said that all children model all of the behaviour which