Being desensitized by TV and PORN


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When we were all kids, we hated the idea of violence and sexuality on TV, we liked to stick to the family friendly shows supporting love and family and hugs. And then as we got older we got curious and it became cooler and cooler to be edgy. So are taste for violence increases and same with our taste for sexuality. We watch more violent and violent television, and then soon enough, the shows that we used to like are no longer enough. This isn't an argument that violent tv causes people to be violent, that's an argument for another blog (and one I disagree with) but about how it can desensitize you. 

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The following link might be overly christian and have some stupid homophobic references in there but it describes how tv has changed from 1989 to 1999. Apparently in 1999 there was three times more sexuality, 5.5 times more cursing, and 3 times more violence on tv. TV changing from 1989 to 1999.

You might be thinking, who cares? TV is just getting better! According to the Bookrags essay "Desensitization and media Effects" they did an experiment where men watched videos of women being abused and with repeated exposure, they found the material less offensive and more entertaining with each view, and then after that they saw a mock trial of a rape victim, and found that the people who viewed the movies over and over again were less sympathetic towards the victim. It is a very interesting article Desensitization and Media Effects

So basically what I'm saying is that by the time our kids are watching tv, the most edgy of shows of today will be like kindergarten programming compared to the shows of the future and will have the same emotional effect as shows of today!

The worst part is how this all effects our sex lives. When we were kids, the idea of being able to kiss a girl on the lips was extremely exciting and now that idea is boring. We live in a country addicted to porn, people watch more and more extreme pornography throughout there lives and it's actually been shown to make the idea of real sex seem more boring to guys in comparison. In fact men who watch a lot of porn and are desensitized have a harder time maintaining an erection during sex. Because it's just not as exciting as the camera angle close ups and giant fake boobs that you see on a computer screen. You can read more about that here:Porn ruining sex life 

So our those crazy annoying christians somewhat correct!? It is very possible that they are, life might be more exciting if you cut back on the violent TV and sex might be more exciting if you cut back on the porn. 

All I know is that despite these arguements I am still going to keep watching Breaking Bad and Dexter, no matter how much they desensitize me. But here is just one more scary thing to leave you with, about brainwashing a nation that includes demoralization and desensitization Brainwashing a Nation 



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I took a media effects class last semester where we learned about becoming desensitized to violence and porn. The case studies we learned about in class seemed to prove that you are right, and we become completely desensitized to these types of things. Like anything else, everyone reacts differently to this kind of media. I think some people are desensitized easily and want to see more and more, while with others it simply does not effect them as much. I think that people these days, especially the younger, have a hard time differentiating what is simply creative work from reality. I couldn't find a study on this, but I would love to see the results. Media and pornography portray life and sex to be something that it simply isn't, which I think can desensitize and confuse children further.

I believe that becoming desensitized to things is human nature because it’s apart of adapting to your environment. I don’t know whether that’s a good or bad thing, of its neither, to me its just life. Back in the day people were hung in public and things of that nature and people, even children, went to see it. That was nothing out of the ordinary in those times, but in this modern era that could never happen in America. The two questions you posed about violent TV and porn is interesting. I don’t agree that cutting back on violent TV will make your life more exciting but I do agree that watching too much porn can interfere with your sex life. If you’re watching violent TV and then feel the need to go shoot somebody then there is something mentally wrong with you. Watching porn on the other hand and wanting to reenact what you see is pretty normal but obviously sometimes very unrealistic. Porn makes some people believe that is the way there sex life is suppose to be because most people have sex in their life time but not everyone goes out and shoots people. There are definitely other factors that go into violent behavior.

Violence and porn, two favorites of men everywhere. You make some extremely valid points about the desensitizing nature of these things. I think that our generation is being desensitized more than any generation before us.
Violent tv shows rarely phase me. I love violent movies and I watch them all the time. It is extremely rare for me to see something that I think is discusting or "too much." This is totally different from my mother. When I watch movies with her the simplest things bother her. She simply is not used to seeing the intese gory violence.
As for porn, I do not think it has had as much of an effect as the increase in the overall sexual nature of tv shows and movies. I think our generation has been shown via sexual tv shows and movies that increased sexuality is normal. This is leading to sex being less of a "special" act. Nowadays it is almost common place to have a "one night stand" or just have casual sex with different people every week. Depending on your religious views, upbringing, and family situation this new trend could be good or bad. Some will have big problems with it and others will think that is the way things should be.

It is clear that over time we have become much more desensitized to the violence and sex that we see in the media. I found a video that shows that our brains are actually showing effects of becoming desensitized. The study was done on children exposed to moderately violent video games and this proved to be causing them to become less affected by violence. I would be interested to see if there is anyway to reverse this issue. Have we gone too far with the violence and sex that we see casually in everyday life on the news or in the papers or is there a way that we can bring ourselves back to normal? If we keep going down this path, I agree with your blog. We will be faced with the issue of being so overly desensitized that nothing will be able to affect us anymore.

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