Wednesday, 1 December, 2021

Impact of Watching TV and Movies on Youths

Debodip Chowdhury

Impact of Watching TV and Movies on Youths

Technological advancements and scientific discoveries have pioneered the start of a new, more modernized, and futuristic era. In most families in the modern world, TV is one of the most important sources of entertainment and information. Televisions became popular by the end of the twenty-first century and consequently, the popularity of films also increased. Many countries all over the world started producing films and filmmakers of some countries won special recognition along with the many actors, actresses, filmmakers, or singers for producing something unique and creative. Televisions are now available at almost every house, from the house of a factory worker to the house of a rich businessman.

The film industries are getting developed day by day. There is an increase in the number of production. We can barely keep count of the movies and films being produced nowadays. Everyone needs some form of entertainment to relax and rejuvenate after everyday chores. The most common source of entertainment is watching movies. People have started watching films of their own country and also of other countries and that is one example of globalization. Other languages can be learned in a much easier way rather than learning from the book. By watching English films one could learn the British and American accents/pronunciations and mark out the differences between them, and this exemplifies that young people benefit by watching films. Nowadays, young people watch films, news, and all other sorts of TV programmes which not only entertains them but also helps them to learn about the culture, language, and way of living of people of different countries and it is indubitable that they are becoming more globalized in this process and also taking an interest in global issues. It is plausible that TV is the reason behind the fact that children in modern times are much smarter than children of the past.

The most preferred genre of movies nowadays is drama. Often many characters in those movies become their role models and the kids start to mimic their actions and behaviours. As the main protagonists in most of those teen movies possess all the necessary good qualities, that is not a bad tendency. Films can encourage young people to see the difference between good and evil, which can help them in thinking independently by making the right decisions. Many movies about violence often show the adverse consequences of such behaviour. Many students share that they become less aggressive and mean as watching such films gives them a chance to see how they look by putting themselves in the shoes of others and analyze the consequences of their actions. So movies about violence can help in reducing discrimination, hate crimes, school bullying,etc. Educational TV can help children learn social skills and better understand other cultures. Programs about current events and history can raise awareness of issues faced by people around the world and in different living situations. Such programming exposes children to ideas they may not encounter in their own homes, schools, or local areas. Enhanced knowledge of the world helps develop empathy and critical thinking, especially among children. TV can encourage positive behavior by inspiring children to be more creative or more physically active. Some modern films can motivate students to attend classes as most of the unemployed people in movies do not have a good educational background. As youths tend to listen to what they say on TV, movie makers possess enough power to inspire the minds of the young population about the true value of learning.

There are some arguments that “many films are/have bad influence on young people”. However, it is not entirely true. A film will only have a bad influence on young people if they absorb the immoral ideas or copy the violence shown on TV. Otherwise, films can enhance the creativity of young people. If we think from the perspective of a philosopher we would be able to show positive attitudes towards the watching of films by young people and expect that these do not have any detrimental effect on them and overall society. Despite some negative influences of bad movies, one good conclusion can also be drawn. TV and movies are a powerful influence on young minds. Since this is so, we can easily use TV as a force of good influence. All we have to do is screen or broadcast programs that would have a positive effect. 


The writer is a student of CSE at University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.