My favorite TV programs when I was growing up included: The Andy Griffith Show, The Lucy
Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie,
MASH, Happy Days, The Brady Bunch, and Little House on the Prairie.
As a child, I spent most of my time outside playing during the days when it wasn’t too hot.
However, when it was hot or after dark I was inside and usually watching TV alone or with my
As a teen, I watched less TV because I didn’t want to be around my parents.
more time hanging out in my bedroom or with my friends.
My parents did not restrict the
amount of TV that I watched or the type of programs. I was a child in the 1960’s and 70’s before
TV was recognized as being a negative influence on children and the average parent was
unaware of the impact of watching too much TV or the wrong type of programming.
I do believe
that the amount of TV I watched and the type of programming influenced my values, lifestyle,
attitudes, creativity, physical health (eating habits and exercise), school performance and
grades, and social skills. Even as a young adult I would say that TV influenced these areas.
preferred to watch programs that were more family oriented and disliked the fantasy fiction or
violent types of programs.
TV made me aware of other cultures and lifestyles which allowed me
to develop positive values and attitudes toward others.
It had the opposite affect when it came
to the values and attitudes towards those around me, especially my family.
My parents were
not as smart, fun or as exciting as those portrayed on TV, and I often felt less fortunate having
them as my parents.
I became obsessed with specific body images that I was getting from TV.
I wanted to look perfect and my idea of perfection came from watching TV. I was sold on the
idea that I had to have material possessions in order to obtain true success and happiness.
taught me there was no value in working hard for money, as my father had to, that I could just
work smarter. My sexual values and attitudes are definitely more liberal and open than what my
parents taught me, likely due to the amount of sexual promiscuity I was exposed to watching