HOW TV SHOWS IMPOSE FAKE MORAL STANDARDS

We all know about television and TV shows including drama, documentaries, reality shows, etc. It is believed to be the cheapest source of entertainment. Televisions are so ingrained in our lives that finding a house without one is exceptionally rare. Moreover, with the advancement of technology, TVs have evolved a long way. Innovations like fire stick, setup box, internet connectivity have made the viewing experience more comfortable and appealing. But is this where the story end? Is it an all win-win situation? The answer is NO. Nothing comes without a cost and the cost we pay for this comfort is more harmful than we think.

Unknowingly, TVs have become an inevitable part of our life. The more we watch it, the more it influences our actions. Let’s take a simple relatable example. Suppose you are watching your favorite show on TV and your favorite character in the scene is crying. Unwillingly, you will start to feel sad and in some cases might even cry because you relate yourself to the character. The degree of relativity you have established with the character will determine the degree of emotions you feel watching it. Now, you switch it off and then you will realize that you continue to feel the emotions even though aren’t watching it because your mind is not able to detach from the feelings immediately. The negativity that has been input is harming you. Then you might watch another show to laugh and this series of actions make you addicted.

This is one thing but studies have proved a direct relation in watching TV and obesity as people just sit in front of the television and do absolutely nothing accompanied with snacks. This is also putting people at a risk of heart disease. Enough about physical, now, let’s have a look on how TV shows impact our moral standards.

MORAL STANDARDS/VALUES/ETHICS can be roughly defined as a set of rules standardized by society and individuals for society as well as themselves alone. They are set so that people distinguish between right and wrong. They can also be seen as a shield created to differentiate humanity from monetary benefits and materialism. Here are some points to support that TV shows we watch are impacting these standards and imposing fake morals.

1) TV shows set unrealistic standards

The things we see on TV are fake and meant for pure entertainment. This is a fact known to all. But still we look up to them and we want to live a life like our favorite characters. We might want to dress up like them-which might not be suitable or affordable in various situations. People want to have love life like TV dramas which again is an unreal expectation. The lifestyle we see and  is unreal too and people take wrong ways to achieve it. They forget their morals just to fulfill their obsession. TV can make you less satisfied in life because the expectations are not meant.

2)TV shows are setting beauty standards 

You might be wondering why to categorize this separately when it could be merged with the former. But it is necessary as this has become a whole different issue. TV shows have set a beauty standard, which means there is a certain body image men and women need to maintain in order to be called beautiful. People are refused to be accepted by the society if they fail to go through the stencil of typical body image. The models in shows have been set as the perfect images to be followed by everyone. Due to this body shaming has reached peaks. Self-acceptance has disappeared. People are trying everything to shape themselves instead of accepting what nature has given them and staying healthy. Body shaming has lead people(especially young generation) to go through depression, anxiety and experiencing suicidal thoughts. This is a side we all choose to ignore and compare our real world to the photo-shopped and fake world of Television.

3)Normalizing bad influence

TV shows are inculcating a trend of looking cool by adopting bad practices. Several of the TV programs being shown on popular broadcasting stations such as VH1 and MTV illustrate dominant messages that imply that alcohol and drugs use have no or very little consequences. They escape through this by saying it’s just for entertainment and showing a warning for 5 seconds only. They convey a message that sex is not meant to be a meaningful experience, rather just something for fun. This is clearly promoting rape tendency. It is working as a bad influence on teens as well as an adult. It is manipulating people. TV can wrongly alter your beliefs with its strong influence.

4) Cutting off people from society 

People prefer watching their TV shows or a movie sitting in the comfort of houses instead of going out. This not only make them lazy, unhealthy but also anti-social. Relationships are at stake due to this behavior of people. They spend more time on their TVs and smart phones rather than with their partners. believe it or not TV shows are making people shallow. TV shows depict fake news and exaggerated documentaries.  People take them serious and this implants a fear in their minds. Some people are seen to develop a phobia out of this. TV can affect people’s mind causing them to act differently.

CONCLUSION

At last I would like to sum up with a message that television is for you, you are not for television. You should control what you watch, what you watch should not control you. Stop wasting your time by watching Netflix, senseless series, cartoons, etc…Even if you aren’t paying money, you are paying something more valuable than money, that is, your time and attention. Remember, attention is the best currency. Recognize the harm posed by what you watch and how it is altering your day to day lives. Filter the content you watch and keep it for watching alone. Always remember  the fact that things shown in TV shows are fake and  not comparable to real life. Don’t let it influence your actions and thought process. 

-ANUSHKA SINGH

This Post Has 61 Comments

  1. Arpit

    Very true

  2. Manshi Sinha

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    1. Manshi

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  3. Yash Gupta

    So true they have very much impact 💯

  4. Anjali

    The issue is very well explained…

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    Informative post written by anushka singh

  15. Tanisha

    Very true about this television’s reality and the real life

  16. Tanisha

    It is important that television shows are not affecting you emotionally

  17. Tanisha

    Self Control and meditation can help to cope up with all the situation

  18. Tanisha

    It is necessary to draw out difference between the reality and virtual reality of the television shows

  19. Tanisha

    Totally agreed with this post

  20. Tanisha

    Watching television also led to harmful effects on your health

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  24. Saumya

    It is really important to have a control on the time we spend in watching tv

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  32. Vansh bhatia

    Lmao,this was so accurate

  33. Nikita

    Moral values and ethics should never be based on some weak groundwork. It should always be based on the strong foundation that is culturally correct and is humanistic in nature.

  34. Mehak Sharma

    While I agree with this but I also believe with changing time, a lot of awareness about body positivity, individuality, gender equality is being spread through media in the form of shows and movies.

  35. Sameer Rajput

    Media can be educational as well as for entertainment purposes. I guess, for as long as we are aware of our morals and know how not to be easily influenced by this, we are good.

  36. Gautam Verma

    I guess, everything has its pros and cons, right?

  37. Nishita Rana

    I enjoyed reading this article till the end!

  38. Disha Singh

    Moral values mostly developed in your young age and always start from your home💛

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    Good job Unnati , so true

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  53. Dinkal kumar

    Great topic to discuss ,how tv shows changes our thoughts and actions in real life without we know.

  54. Dinkal kumar

    For few days ,I watched Naruto Anime but after this post ,I think to utilise my time.

  55. Dinkal kumar

    Well said by Anushka singh, I think people should change their mind to watching shows.

  56. Dinkal kumar

    This topic has to arise because lots of people spend their whole time in watching shows at lockdown .And I think now they take a step to arrange thier time.

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  58. Dinkal kumar

    As we all know time is money ,so stop wasting your time and increase your skills

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