Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Negative Effects of Reality Television on Teens

Below is a guest post from a wonderful blogger, the author of thefamilycompass.com. Please give her article a read and share your comments!

Studies show that the average American will watch about 9 years television in his or her life, according to staticbrain.com. The average amount of television time a child gets is roughly 1,480 minutes a week. That is about one day and a few extra minutes if converted into hours. While people may consider it just a sign of the times, watching television may affect how your child thinks.

With the emergence of reality TV shows, more people are turning on their television sets to watch what goes on in the lives of their favorite showbiz personalities. Sadly, reality television is more than just entertaining. It can alter how you child thinks about himself or herself. Although you have raised them to adhere to good old moral values, your teen may prioritize fame and wealth over anything else. Blame it on reality TV.

Teenagers and children fail to realize that these shows are scripted. They believe the brawls to be real and that may cause them to seek out more fights at school. If they see their idols having one night stands, they may consider it the norm and become more promiscuous. Your teenage daughter may also wonder why women in reality shows look so good all the time and she does not. She may not be aware that they have makeup artists to retouch them before each scene. They look fit at all times because they have personal trainers and diet consultants to help maintain their figures.

While many parents may shrug it off and say that they tell their kids that these shows are scripted, they forget that their younger children and teenagers are at impressionable stage where they are still developing mentally and emotionally. Exposure to these shows may negatively affect how they see themselves in the future. They hear about multi-million dollar endorsements and the lust for fame replaces all the morals instilled in them when they were younger. Reality television glamorizes problems like drug or alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, catfights, promiscuous sex and so much more. It teaches people that opening your private life to the world is healthy for the right price.

Many consider reality television the basest form of entertainment. However, they watch these shows anyway. Rather than scoff it off as a fun albeit annoying habit, think about what these shows can do to your teenager. If you notice any disturbing behavior in your teen, you may choose to consult a counselor and browse through sites like thefamilycompass.com for tips on how to deal with your child.

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