Television’s Impact on American Society
Americans way of life has become entangled with television that an entire new approach of acting has been created. Television has been present since the 1950’s, and has only been growing ever sense. It did not take long for the television industry to branch out and take full advantage of this technology’s potential. With the advancement in programming and increased financial support, the world and its marketplaces were brought into the living rooms of viewers. With this, society became exposed to commercial marketing, situation comedies and drama, sporting events, music and theatre, game and talk shows and world news. Television is one of the main sources of entertainment, and is a continuous presence in most Americans' lives. In, “Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor” Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi go on to say, “how easily organisms can be harmed by that which they desire.” (123) The impact of television effects the way American people live and act in their environment, however having and watching television keeps in touch with the outside world through the information it provides across the television with programs such as news as well as educative programs.
Television has affected the way American people live and act in their environment such as their work place or schools. People who watch television tend to be more aggressive toward everyone and tend to gain weight because of the lack of exercise. In Kubey and Csikszentmihalyi’s article, research was generated by experimenting with people reacting to television, and, “Survey participants commonly reflect that television had somehow absorbed or sucked out their energy, leaving them depleted.”(125) Also in the article, it states that, “after watching TV, people’s moods [were] about the same or worse than before.”(125) The TV show “Bones” that aired October 7, 2013 on Fox is an example of the televisions captivating...
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