Can Watching Television Affect Your Behavior?

The average American watches more than 34 hours of TV a week.

Can Watching Television Affect Your Behavior?

Madison Nash, Writer

Most teenagers spend more than 5 hours a day watching TV. Sitting on the couch, eating some chips, and watching the newest episode of Teen Wolf may seem like the best thing to do, but is it?

According to, the average American watches more than 34 hours of TV a week. Once you start, you can’t stop. It’s incredibly hard to stop watching. People can even become addicted to watching television, and watch twice as much television as the average person. “Television is designed to make you feel bad, so you’ll buy products to make you feel better.” says TV can even negatively affect children. TV shows such as Family Guy, have characters who influence children’s behavior. “TV characters often depict risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes.” comments

Not all TV is bad. Reaserch from shows that educational TV is good for a childs brain. Educational programming can develop young children’s socialization and learning skills. Even Canada is trying to improve what they show kids on TV. A 2009 study of Canadian TV aimed at youth found that among shows aimed at preschoolers, nearly half focused on social relationships, while a third focused on learning, with none focusing on fighting or violence.

In the end it’s all up to you and parents to decide what kid’s watch. Kid’s now a days spend too much time in front of the TV, watching violent or inappropriate programing. Parent’s should censor what their children watch to prevent this.

TV may have some ups and downs, affecting people positively and negatively. Though most TV programs that contain foul language, and violence may be censored kids still can pick up some bad habits from watching inappropriate programs. People also spend a lot of time in front of the TV, it’s up to you to decide what you watch and how long you watch.