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Aggression on Television There is so much aggression on television It is not only in young adult and adult sitcoms but also in childrens cartoons A statistic reveals that by the time children graduate school they will have spent 20000 hours in front of the television set Troppe 1 Television viewing ranks 2nd only to sleeping as the nations number one pastime for children Troppe 2 According to Roger Fransecky a psychologist and consultant for CBS children in this country are estimated to have watched between 5000 and 8000 hours of television before they enter kindergarten Troppe 2 A survey conducted by Joan Watkins author of Breaking the TV Habit revealed the following facts about television and the middle class household 1 most families own a minimum of three and a maximum of five televisions 2 at least one set in each home is in color 3 the sets are situated in vital living areas such as the living room kitchen bedrooms and family room 4 families seldom watch television together 5 often parents do not know what their children watch and 6 three-quarters of the people polled in the survey would be unwilling to go without television for a week even as an experiment These simple facts lend themselves to some general assumptions 1 TV is a lonely recreation Children dont have to pick and choose programs sharing the set with the parents and siblings With several sets in the house a child finds one that isnt being used and turns it on 2 many parents therefore fail to monitor their childrens television intake Troppe 2 Television desensitizes We learn to accept violence We see all these brutalities on television and then when you see it in real life there is no response There are so many shows out there that display acts of violence sex and inappropriate language like it doesnt matter But it does People watch these shows and think
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