Television In SocietyPaper Rating: Word Count: 1600 Approx Pages: 6
The Effects of Television on Today's Society
Recent studies show that North American's have more televisions than bathrooms in their homes. Television is a part of everyone's life, even if you don't watch it you are surrounded by those who do. Due to this large audience, this form of media can help shape societal development, while enjoying their favourite television shows people unknowingly absorb the political, social and economic messages that are assumed in the program. Television is a tool that can be used for both bad and good, it can be used to educate and allow people to see a world they might never have a chance to see in reality. However, television shows a small, distorted view of reality, which can damage people's views of the real world, and this can influence how people think and behave.
To understand how television influences society we must first understand how society affects individuals. Through a process of socialization, everyone will learn how to behave in society by observing the behaviour of others. Before television children relied on close groups of family and peer groups to learn the art of socialization. Now however mass media allows millions of people to sha