you ever stop to wonder what happens to you when watching TV? What is the
aftermath of it? Good or bad? Why are we inclined to watching TV? Is it you who
choose to watch TV or is it influence? Comedy, Drama, Violence and suicide are
some of the topics that come up during a TV show or a movie, they all tend to
have a purpose and message. Some people are concerned about violent movie and
show, because of the message they bring out, but is it indeed a bad message or
just the person’s misinterpretation (Skehan, 2017)? The main question is what
do we get out of watching TV? Now more than ever it is inevitable to escape TV,
giving that the new media has opened numerous option to watch TV, for example
online streaming. Today we are not obligated to sit in the living room, but we
can go in the Garden, Kitchen, Public transport or even at work (Thinkbox,
2015). Do you tell yourself “the episode is only 35 minutes”, but turns out to
be two whole hours? Studies have shown that the average adult tends to watch
around five hours of TV a day and nearly up to more than 35 whole hours of TV each
week, nearly enough to cover a whole week of a full-time job (Lynch,2016). In
the end this is just you choosing to watch TV, right? Or has it become
something else now that you think of it?
start off by rewinding back to when the TV was created and why was it created
in the first place. It was not until 1900 that the word “television” was used
for the first time. From combinations of discussion and ideas all led up to the
invention of the television system. The invention was not done by a single
person, but rather by a team of hard working inventors. There were two
approaches to the TVs system, either a mechanical television system or an
electronic television system. They wanted to go step by step with this delicate
invention so they chose to go with mechanical, but in the end, it was
inevitable to not replace it with the superior electronic system (Bellis,
2017a; Bellis, 2017b).
the invention there had to be someone who must have come up with the idea. That
person goes by the of name Phil Farnworth, the man who sparked the beginning of
the television era. He stated that the whole purpose was to be able to simple
send out images over the air, just like the radio could send out sound (The History
of TV, 2012).
the very beginning people made use of the television to broadcast mainly
presidential elections, Boxing matches, news reports and sports. An example
would be the Olympic in 1936 where Hitler was the one to announce for the
opening ceremony. Mid way when the world war broke out was when they started
seeing the TV as a propaganda machine. As for today we see it mainly as an
entertainment engine where we have many television show, news, sports and
movies and as a distribution system to the viewers (Monaghan, 2008).
Why do we watch TV?
Now let’s pretend
that you are at home at six in the afternoon right after school and decide to
watch a bit of TV, but why? Why are people so inclined to watch TV, when there
is a diversity of things to do out in the world. When we look at some of the
main reasons why people have hobbies, and then look at what are the main
reasons why people watch TV. They fall in the same field, most people have a
hobby to clear their mind, ignite their creativity and relief some stress (Ramnrace,
2014). Research has shown that people watch TV to unwind, comfort, connect,
escape, relax, experience and indulge. Largely people watch TV for their social
and emotional needs (Cooper, 2015). The thing is that having a hobby or hobbies,
tends to fall outside of an individual’s monthly costs (e.g.: Ballet, soccer,
crafting, karting, etc.). People now a day are limited by the schedules of
school or work more and more (Frost, 2013).
Another reason why
people choose to watchTV so much, is the way that the content and quality of
the scripts and TV improved. Back then we were limited to one episode each week
and content was not as captivating as it is today. The edits, zooms, and
especially sudden noises keep the viewers focus on the TV (DePaulo, 2016).
Lastly, we fail to
acknowledge that it’s just a simple habit or social compulsion to arrive home
and turn on the TV. People enjoy the familiar simple and regular routines, yet
seek a variation on experiences. TV is not any different to this. Without
knowing we are constantly being told to watch TV, through constant calls,
promotions and also the pressure to keep up with the shows your friends and
families are watching. In the end, we all
our own reasons to why we watch TV (Cooper, 2015).