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    Is Modern Media Bad for You?

    It seems to have become very popular to slag off the people who watch too much TV as dull and lazy. Annecdotal evidence suggests that it is particularly bad for children and young people, although some studies suggest that educational programming is actually very good for the very young developing brain.

    The portrayal of dysfunctional families and individuals on daytime TV (Springer, Kyle etc) is surely a good thing, giving us a warning about what could happen if we were equally stupid. What happens when they run out of dysfunctional people to laugh and point at?

    When questioned, over 40% of people over 50 living alone, said that their only company was the TV. Does that mean they are sad and lonely, or well informed and up to date on current affairs? Are they entertained and happy and therefore not a burden on the state?


    Television Statistics
    According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
    Family Life
    Percentage of households that possess at least one television: 99
    Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household: 2.24
    Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66
    Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
    Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66
    Number of hours of TV watched annually by Americans: 250 billion
    Value of that time assuming an average wage of $5/hour: $1.25 trillion
    Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV: 56
    Number of videos rented daily in the U.S.: 6 million
    Number of public library items checked out daily: 3 million
    Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV: 49
    Children
    Approximate number of studies examining TV's effects on children: 4,000
    Number of minutes per week that parents spend in "meaningful conversation" with their children: 3.5
    Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,620
    Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
    Percentage of parents who would like to limit their children's TV watching: 73
    Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, preferred television: 54
    Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
    Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
    Violence
    Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000
    Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000
    Percentage of Americans who believe TV violence helps precipitate real life mayhem: 79
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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post

    The portrayal of dysfunctional families and individuals on daytime TV (Springer, Kyle etc) is surely a good thing, giving us a warning about what could happen if we were equally stupid. What happens when they run out of dysfunctional people to laugh and point at?
    Run out of dysfunctional people and families? can't ever see that happening to be honest. There is simply no limit to human stupidity.

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    'Modern Media' = television ?

    Is that equation true? Television has been around for 50 years.

    iPads are modern media. Kids don't even want televisions in their bedrooms anymore.

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    Very true ghost.

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    I would have thought 'modern media' would be twitter, facebook, instagram etc.
    TV is old hat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Is Modern Media Bad for You?
    Yes. It is. It stops people asking questions. They pick a brand they are comfortable with and accept the majority of what they are told. How often to the majority of people actually discuss / debate what is going on? We do on here, but we are a small minority.

    When all media tells people the same narrative, the people accept it without question, especially when same said media ridicules and attempts to ostracize people who dare to question their narrative.
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    It depends on what you watch. My son pretty much limits his TV time to National Geographic and similar shows (except for wrestling sometimes, but what the hell, he's 15).

    My daughter, a singer and guitar player, watches American Idol type singing shows sometimes.

    In general, my twins are too busy to watch TV; probably less than an hour a day.

    My wife, a chef, watches several cooking shows and has one Filipino soap opera she watches on week nights.

    I watch no TV, as I can't stand the commercials. I do watch some TV series and documentaries which I download.

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    Honestly some people have no bladdy patience.

    TV is a significant part of modern media. In Thailand you could even include loudspeaker vans FFS.

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    More of A weapon than social network

    The social networks like Twitter, Facebook, instragram and all those other social networks, all have one thing in common and that is cyberbullying. Anybody can do it, especially on the internet. Its bad enough to be bullied in school but just when you think your safe at home you open your facebook to see your messages full with harmful letters or threats. The social network has given people A way anonymously threaten A person withought getting in trouble for it since most kids today almost never tell their parents what's going on in their lives. Honestly I liked it better when we didn't have all this nonsense and I am sure most people would agree with me.
    I do not think so. I think it's a bit like sugar.

    Unless, of course, you let it rule your life and you do lose the ability to disconnect or unplug yourself from it. Like any tool, it's all about how and why we use it. I very seldom use Facebook but it has proved useful, it is an easy way for my family and friends, dispersed across several continents to keep up with each other, share photos and so on. I do not feel compelled to update my status or tell the world I've made yet another cup of tea or that I'll be washing my hair later.

    When I am out with friends or with family, I do not check my phone, when I am on holiday, I stay away from the Internet. Yes, it can be highly addictive (as can a lot of tech) and a lot of the activity that goes on there could be classed as fairly pointless but, it also has served some pretty cool purposes, Facebook and Twitter played a large role in organising protests during the Arab Spring, and that is just one example of how they can be used for non-asinine activities.

    Just as it us up to us to eat a healthy and balanced diet if we wish to live and be well, it's also up to us to make space and time for the things that matter.
    I have just read a uni students essay on why the internet is so good. His conclusion was that books weigh more than the internet.


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    [/QUOTE]
    I have just read a uni students essay on why the internet is so good. His conclusion was that books weigh more than the internet.
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    But what is he weighs the same as a duck?
    Last edited by VocalNeal; 15-10-2014 at 01:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Is Modern Media Bad for You?
    Yes. It is. It stops people asking questions. They pick a brand they are comfortable with and accept the majority of what they are told. How often to the majority of people actually discuss / debate what is going on? We do on here, but we are a small minority.

    When all media tells people the same narrative, the people accept it without question, especially when same said media ridicules and attempts to ostracize people who dare to question their narrative.
    It's been too late for quite a time now.

    The complex system of dumbing down has taken hold and won't let go - just keeps cycling around.

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    Anti social media would be a hard sell.
    I seldom watch tv preer movies and odd utube if connection behaing well.

    I noticed on trips all over the world Arab mid east US OZ Chian everyone under 50 and a few over too has head in a screen,me too at airports where text film or RTD relieves the ennui.

    I recall the radio as our generations medium.
    many adavntages can move around house ,work garden or drive without fear of accident.

    Like many who grew up in the British isles Sunday Lunchtime is mixed with wafts of Bisto as Round the Horn,Navy lark etc amused us or listening to Radio Lux under the pillow.
    Later pop music had the Pitates tjhen Radio 1 which is mainly replayed here withthe few DJs still not convicted
    BBC - Radio 2 Ken Bruce - Ben Watt picks the Tracks of My Years

    There is an awful addiction I guess harnassed to human curiosity.
    50 years ago the next days paper with 24 hr old stories from home country and maybe 2 days back obverseas was zapped by tv.

    Twatter Facebook and event SlyGeeza Thailandspatter aand our beloved tV tend to encourage you to keep checking.

    Esp in doghose debates and issues where witty remarks and the need to have the last word predomiantes,
    What a pithy,sooner get pisse dwith the neighbours
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