The Effects Of Television On Children 's Television

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In today’s mass media world, television is one of the most pervasive and influential form of mass communication for children. Children are now born into homes in which for the first time in American history a centralized commercial institution, Television, rather than parents tells them about the way they need to act according to their gender roles (Signorelli, 2001). The more time viewers spend with television the more likely their conceptions about the world and its people will reflect what they see on television (Signorelli, 2001). Through pursuing an experiment and reading the findings of Signorelli (2001), we can conclude that children’s television shows convey the traditional ideas of gender roles for women but these gender roles are…show more content…
Finally, the two sit-coms I observed were Everyone Hates Chris (Everyone Hates Chris, Episode 20 “Everyone Hates Tasha” Season 4, Aired April 24, 2009.) and Friends (Friends, Episode 15 “The One with the Stoned Guy” Season 1, Aired February 16, 1995.). From both studies, it can be seen that males are still portrayed as the main characters more frequently than females but the gender roles they are displaying is slowly shift for females from traditional to more non-traditional.
In my cartoon category, the number of male characters severely outnumbers the number of female characters by about two to one, by about a 55% difference. However, in my PBS and Sit-com shows there was an even divide with the casts being 50% male and 50% female. Although, women are still underrepresented in Television shows this data an improvement compared to 1990s primetime programs, which had three males for every female character (Signorelli, 2001).
Also, it can be seen that the age gap between female and male characters has decreased dramatically from four years to an average of 2 years since the 1990s. Based on my observations, Cartoon and PBS shows seem to have removed the age gap between
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