First, what happens during typical TV time, then why… in detail.


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Average American And TV
According to Harris, the average American watches television 17 hours a week. Women (20 hours a week) watch more than men (14 hours). People with an eighth-grade education (20 hours) watch much more than those who went to college (14). Blacks (25 hours) watch much more than whites (16). People who earn less than $5,000 a year (22 hours) watch much more than those who earn $15,000 and up (13 hours). Those who have two sets watch just about the same amount as those who have only one.

The 23rd Channel
The TV is my shepherd. My spiritual growth shall want. It maketh me to sit down and do nothing for it’s name’s sake, because it requireth all my spare time. It keepeth me from doing my duty as a Christian, because it presenteth so many good shows that I must see.
It restoreth my knowledge of the things of the world, and keepeth me from the study of God’s Word. It leadeth me in the paths of failing to attend the evening church services, and doing nothing in the Kingdom of God.
Yea, though I live to be a hundred, I shall keep viewing my TV as long as it will work, for it is my closest companion.
Its sounds and pictures they comfort me.
It presenteth entertainment before me and keepeth me from doing important things with my family. It fills my head with ideas which differ from those in the Word of God.
Surely, no good thing will come out of my life because of so many wasted hours, and I shall dwell in my regrets and remorse forever.

Young Students And TV
Research shows that pupils in the elementary school spend on the average more than 20 hours per week televiewing while the average for high school students is between 14 to 17 hours.
—Paul Witty

Compared With Test Scores
The A.C. Nielson Company, which measures television audiences and their behavior, revealed that in the average American home the television set is on six hours and fourteen minutes a day, every day of the year. Significantly this is two hours per day more than the daily average ten years ago, which is approximately the same point in time that the Standard Achievement Test scores began to decline.
This time frame is significant because the first generation to cut its teeth on television began taking the SAT’s in the early 1960’s, which is, of course, when the decline in scores started. Media and Methods in its April 1975, issue reported that while the television set in the average American home is on approximately 2100 hours per year, the average American spends only five hours per year reading books.

The French Child And TV
A French child born in 1974 will spend seven years of his life watching television or listening to the radio. For a young American, the total will be 18 years.
It is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of French youngsters between 8 and 13 already spend an average of four hours a day on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in watching television. And the overwhelming majority watch programs up to 10 p.m. at night.

Chicken Experiment
A unique experiment occurred recently at the University of Alberta. Twenty chickens were exposed to TV 24 hours a day for two-and-a-half months, after which they got blind, staggered and wandered about in a daze. Mrs. Jean Luber, a professor of zoology at the university, found that the chickens, when exposed to continued televiewing, developed glaucoma, a hardening of the eyeball which often results in blindness.

TV “Zombie”
In London, England, the father of a sixteen-year-old boy told a juvenile court that the lad, after doing nothing but watch television for nearly eight months, “has been reduced to the state of a zombie.” The father confessed that the boy was “beyond control.”

TV And Child’s Brain Cells
Television is damaging the brain cells of millions of children throughout the world, one of Spain’s leading pediatricians says.
The sight modulation of most children under the age of five is not equipped to cope with the dazzling brightness and vibrations of a television program, says Dr. Manuel Suarez Perdeguero, president of the Spanish Pediatrics Association.
Suarez says that tests in his pediatrics department at Seville have shown that a child’s brain cells and vision can be permanently impaired if he is exposed to television at an early age.
“The damage to the cells is both structural and chemical,” he says, explaining that the cells undergo a change in their structure and chemical make-up which, though slight, definitely affects the child’s normal intellectual development.
A child is left with a picture imprinted upon the mind which works only one way. The picture—usually one of violence or tragedy—lingers in the child’s mind without being processed, because the child is incapable of clear thought or constructive imagination.
The light waves, moreover, damage the child’s sight cells, and can leave a permanent distortion if the child does not comprehend the picture.
—Prairie Overcomer

Daily 500 Messages
D. G. Kehl makes this observation: “It has been estimated that the “average” U. S. adult is exposed to more than 500 advertising messages every day.” Kehl estimates that the adult consciously perceives only 75 of the 500, blacking out from consciousness at least 85 percent of the ad messages and daily acting upon an average of 2.5 percent. It has been further estimated that the “average” U. S. adult views television 6.5 hours a day and spends thirty-two minutes a day reading a newspaper or magazine.

Epigram On Television
• Most of man’s inventions have been time savers—then came television.
—Joe Ryan
• Television is an appliance which changes children from irresistible forces into immovable objects.
—Philadelphia Principal
• A new device for measuring the effectiveness of TV commercials has had some embarrassing results. The device, which is installed on top of the set and unobtrusively takes pictures of the viewers, has often shown either a vacant room or that the audience was putting on a better show than the one on the screen.
—Insider’s Newsletter

Watching 13,000 Deaths

By the time the average child is 15 years old he will have witnessed the violent destruction of more than 13,000 human beings on television. It has been thought that they don’t watch violent and sexy TV programs aired after 9 o’clock at night, but psychologists have done studies on how late children watch TV. They have found that after 10:30 P.M. there are some five million children under the age of 12 still watching television. Is it any wonder that violence is breaking out in the public schools?

Statistics On Violence
In Falls Church, Virginia, PTA members kept eyes fixed on TV programs through the hours children would be viewing them. They observed 185 programs for 114½ hours, saw 281 assaults, 117 killings, 19 robberies, 16 kidnappings, 10 murder conspiracies, 3 arsons, 3 extortions, 3 jailbreaks, 1 lynching, 1 bombing and 1 suicide.
6499 800 Acts Of Violence
In his newspaper column, Henry Taylor writes that the TV mayhem our young people watch has grown so immense that in one week, in one city, TV stations monitored by the FCC showed nearly 800 acts of violence.
6500 Bandits—TV-Taught
Little Dan McKay (9) and Danny Husk (13) of San Francisco, spent the night under guard before they appeared before Juvenile Judge Cronin. They had poked a note at the teller of a bank demanding $100 under threat to “blow up the bank.” The Judge asked the lads where they got the idea of attempted bank robbery. “From television,” stammered the boys.
The Judge turned the lads over to the parents. Dan McKay’s mother paddled him. But Danny Husk’s mother said: “I don’t believe in beatings. It doesn’t accomplish anything. He’s a good kid at heart.”

Like Planting Time-Bomb
Robert Liever, professor of psychology at New York State University, speaking before the Ontario Royal Commission on violence in the communications industry, stated that “the cumulative effect of violent television programming might be likened to the planting of a bomb which might explode over a period of ten to twenty years.”
“Every murder or violent act a child witnesses on TV is like a small, even a miniscule weight placed on the balance.” He said no psychologist would be able to guarantee that eventually the balance might not tip triggering violent acts on the part of individuals who previously appeared normal.”
Dr. Lieber also stated that by the time a child reaches the teenage years, the child will have witnessed the violent destruction of 13,400 individuals on television.

“Hawaii Five-0” Speaks
But Kam Fong, who is Chin Ho Kelly of “Hawaii Five-0” tells parents to stop worrying about the nightly onslaught of television violence. “Kids take it all with a shrug and a grin. Violence is what the public want. Although they may resent it, they watch it,” claims Fong, whose “Hawaii Five-0” was labeled the most violent of 63 prime-time TV programs in a poll of 80 critics across the United States. “I really don’t believe TV has made any contribution to the violent society we see today,” he added.
But in the same issue of the TV Times, Richard K. Shull sees the situation this way: On the one side there’s a mounting nationwide howl for the lawmakers to do something to curb TV’s proliferating insensate sex ’n’ violence.
Meanwhile, evidence keeps piling up that the nightly bombardments of gut-bucket violence in the guise of entertainment is hardening the American character, reducing society’s levels of sensitivity.

Wise Mother’s Program Cut
I read in a magazine about a method some mother used to control TV violence among her children. She made a rule that whenever a man is killed or hurt in a TV show, that will be the end of the program for the children!
And so, many times, echoes of “Don’t hurt him” from the children can be heard. The Mother reported that the average time the children got to watch a program was 5 minutes!

Announcing Boycott Week
A Southhaven, Miss., minister organized a national “Turn the Television Off Week” on Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 1977. Wildman’s goal is to hit the networks in their pocketbooks for the deterioration in programming.

TV Viewers In Dutch
A Dutch couple is barred from confirmation in an ultraconservative church because the wife watched Princess Beatrix’s marriage on television. The 30,000-member Reformed Congregations took a stand not against TV as such but against the way it is “abused” and its temptations to worldliness.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. M. van Hoef, a young couple, had been baptized as infants and were going through confirmation classes when the Rev. A. W. Verhoef lowered the boom. Contrary to published reports, he did not bar the van Hoefs from attending church, and the pastor says he is on friendly terms with the couple.
Van Hoef took it all rather philosophically, and his wife saw a silver lining as well—”At least we’ve bought the new clothes (for the confirmation service). Otherwise I would never have gotten them!”

Punishment In Jerusalem
A resident of Mea Shearim, an ultra-orthodox quarter of Jerusalem, has been punished by a religious court for the sin of possessing a television set. The court invoked a rabbinical ordinance forbidding anyone to eat, drink, or sit within four cubits (almost six feet) of the accused unit. He repented and removed this defiling and disgusting object from his home.

TV Bonfires
Four hundred members of a Nazarene church in Michigan, U.S.A., tossed their TV into a bonfire to protest the quality of programming. Twenty members sold their sets and donated the money to the church.

Epigram On TV Violence
• A TV repairman was trying to locate the trouble in a friend’s set. A six-year-old watching the operation said, “If you’d clean out all the old dead cowboys from the bottom of the set it might work again.”

Most Powerful Social Force
“U.S. News & World Report asked some 500 business, government and professional leaders to rate, in terms of their influence, 18 of the nation’s principal organizations and institutions. Television came in first. It was ranked ahead of the White House and the Supreme Court and the Congress; ahead of education and religion and political parties and all competing media.”
A Southern Baptist radio and television official agrees with a recent report which held that television is possibly the most powerful social force in American culture today.
Paul M. Steven, president of the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission, referred to a survey in U.S. News & World Report showing that television ranks first—and organized religion eighteenth—among influences on daily living.


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