The Effects Of Television On Children And Adolescents

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Today, nearly 98% of American households have televisions. This makes television the single most important source of media in the lives of children and adolescents. Research shows that about 21- 23 hours per week on average, that children between the ages of five and twelve are exposed. This brings much controversy as to how television delivers the news, media, and violence to young children and adolescents. Many argue that the viewing of television during these crucial years of development can be very harmful involving the link of violence with aggressive behavior, hindering emotional and social development, the lack of exercise, health and activities, the development of temperament in young children, and sleep deprivation.

How can these viewing hours per week really affect our children? Many may argue that plopping a child in front of the television helps to ease the wrath of dealing with a cranky toddler; however, research shows a great link between television consumption and violent behavioral issues. Psychologist B.J. Bushman 's research has been found that when we view violent programming, we store in memory, a perceptual and cognitive representation of the event. This means we can draw it up in our thoughts and also visually. His studies show that when put in a real situation that is similar to the memory we have stored, that memory is activated and the memory script becomes available to use. This is especially fitting with 8-year-old boys who show signs of
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