The study surveyed 400 black and white preadolescents in the Midwest over one year. Professors Nicole Martins and Kristen Harrison focused on the correlation between total time spent watching TV and self esteem, rather than the impact of certain types of programming. They found watching more TV negatively affected self esteem for all children, except white males.
"Regardless of what show you're watching, if you're a white male, things in life are pretty good for you," Martins said in a release. "You tend to be in positions of power, you have prestigious occupations, high education, glamorous houses, a beautiful wife, with very little portrayals of how hard you worked to get there."
But other groups of children were subject to endless stereotypes. According to the study, female children are hard-pressed to find a diversity of roles for women on television. Black boys are no better off. Their TV brothers are often portrayed as criminals or lacking intelligence.
Oh wow!! I have no idea.
I had some idea that TV can cause some self esteem issues especially for women, being that we have to look a certain way to be accepted....bt I didn't know that White boy were better regardless of what they watch. That is an interesting fact. Its sad that most of the Black characters our children watch are not upstanding individuals but instead lack some intelligence or criminals...I am very particular about what my niece watches on TV. She's only four but I believe its very important to know what shes watching and talk to her. We can't let the TV educate our children...Gots to do better!! lol
They don't call tv the idiot box for no reason.
I BELIEVE THIS ALL THE WAY THAT IS WAY I GIVE MY SON NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES TO BE INVOLVED IN. SO BY THE TIME HE COMES HOME ALL HE HAS TO DO IS SHOWER, EAT, & GO TO BED.
man how are you going to survey a bunch of fucking one year olds? and what do one year olds know about self esteem. I swear people think of the stupidest shit to do.
I read this same study a while back...Its easy to understand so cause the heroes in these movies are what so called color of people? Even in shows and movies where the lead is supposed to be Chinese or Native American, or Latino, they still get a so called white or mixed person who looks close to so called white to play that role.
The so called white can be the lover, the fighter, the bad guy, the educator, sex symbol, smart scientist and or high enlightened guru type person...With so called black characters you'll get one or two dudes that are out side the norm...but in the end, most of the time so called Latinos, Blacks, and even Asians get placed in specific roles until WE THE PEOPLE fight to change things...If we don't like it, then we should stop watching, and stop buying shit that makes us look and feel bad
And with women, they always get the skinniest chick they can find to play the love interest...whats up with that shit? i mean put some meat on that chick...let me some thickness on screen please
dang really?? didnt know that
I AGREE THERE'S TOO MUCH SEX ADVERTISEMENT TELLING YOU YOUR NOT GOOD ENOUGH OR BUY THIS TO LOOK LIKE THIS OR FEEL BETTER TV IS OVER RATED AND IF YOU DNT TEACH YOUR KIDS BETWEEN REAL AND FAKE THEY WILL FALL FOR IT TOO.
@ SEVEN YOU ARE CORRECT..I AM HAPPY THAT WE DO HAVE THE ANGELA BASSETT"S OF HOLLYWOOD THAT REFUSE TO TAKE A DEMEANING ROLE PERIOD.
Racist ass studies! And yall believe anything these dumb ass people claim to be doing these studies! You see, there have been lots of wrong info they have studied over the past 20/30 years and loger.After another smart ass thinks of another study route or short cut then,they come back & say this can kill you,after this shit was said to be okay.....wtf? Gimme the remote & turn dis shit OFF!!!!
TURN THE TV OFF AND GO OUTSIDE.