Do movies and television serials change your sensitivity level?

@vandana7 (55225)
India
September 7, 2017 1:47pm CST
I feel they do. In movies, they pick a beautiful child to portray something wrong. The story also needs to move faster so the problem is shown in a magnified manner, and because many other aspects such as bathing sleeping, cleaning, etc., are deleted, only that aspect of the story remains in the mind. Effectively, we are getting concentrated dosage of a misfortune or fortunate development, based on which, the desired emotions are evoked. In real life, people including the victim, have one thing too many to do. Moreover, the victim may not always be blessed with beautiful face, nor would we be aware of victim's happy or sad background. Are we indifferent to people in real life because of these factors, or is it that we have become immune to pain when we see one simply because it does not come in higher concentrations/exaggeration? Hope I have expressed my doubt clearly...
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@MALUSE (28649)
• Denmark
7 Sep
I know what you mean but have no theory on this. What I do know, however, is that stupid people - and there are loads! - may mix fact and fiction if they watch so-called reality TV. A very successful series which ran for ages on German TV once showed that some characters of the series moved out of their flat. At once, viewers called the TV station and asked if they could move in. They were looking for a flat and the one which had become free - as shown on TV - would just be right for them. Can you believe it!
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@YrNemo (3505)
8 Sep
That is so funny...
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
8 Sep
To think grown ups do that..
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@RasmaSandra (10357)
• Riga, Latvia
7 Sep
When I watch movies and TV series I get involved in the story and it helps me to get out of my own worries and just enjoy the time watching the movie or series.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
8 Sep
I often think that movies and tv serials are meant help us RELAX. Then why do we opt for movies that have more serious content like crime, or war, or emotional conflict, rather than movies like Pretty Woman, or The Devil Wears Prada..lol. Definitely, Terminator and Aliens are scary and hardly something that would relax us. Are we addicted to crime?
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@RasmaSandra (10357)
• Riga, Latvia
8 Sep
@vandana7 I do enjoy watching movies that have to do with crime.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
8 Sep
@RasmaSandra ..So..we kind of find it intellectually stimulating?
• Lakewood, Colorado
7 Sep
Movies do evoke a lot of emotion that we otherwise may not feel in real life.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
9 Sep
Yes. They do. But feelings are all classified into nine categories. They need to be triggered by situation. If we are triggered on or off too often we often become indifferent towards it. Some movie you might have enjoyed as a kid and watched several times. When you grow up you may not enjoy it as much. Even songs. It is same with the feelings. Should we feel sorry for the child only because he or she is good looking? Should we feel sorry for the child temporarily and do nothing about it? Is it right to switch off the emotion in real life when somebody we know is going through similar circumstances?
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• Lakewood, Colorado
9 Sep
@vandana7 Yes for instance yours and my life could be a movie.
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@just4him (81167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Sep
You did. I think movies do make a person passive and less sensitive to serious situations going on around them.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
8 Sep
Exactly. You put it better than me...that one sentence said it much better than me..sigh..I am never going to learn Englsih. :(
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@just4him (81167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Sep
@vandana7 You're doing a great job with English. Most times I don't even think about where your home country is when I read your posts. You have a good command of the English language.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
8 Sep
@just4him .. But I wanted to say what you said...sigh. Sometimes I do get it right. But that is about 25 percent of time. I have improved a lot you know on myLot. :)
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@vsai2008 (6664)
• India
8 Sep
TV series esp invoke all sorts of wrong exaggerated emotions in us
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
10 Sep
Exactly...anger...in particular should not be heightened, nor feelings of insecurity, fear, sadness, etc.
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@vsai2008 (6664)
• India
11 Sep
@vandana7 Yes, every emotion is experienced in extreme, it is not really good
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
11 Sep
@vsai2008 In real life, it is rarely to that extent.
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@deazil (4622)
• United States
7 Sep
I think you have it exactly right. I believe it's their intention to do exactly what you've said. And I see it in the news media as well. They all try to manipulate the public to form the opinions or have the desired reactions that they want you to have. I cancelled my TV service almost 20 years ago. I don't go to the movies either. I support none of them.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
10 Sep
I would like to stop any such movies or media too.
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@deazil (4622)
• United States
11 Sep
@vandana7 All you have to do is look at the younger generation to see how movies and media manipulate people. I don't even miss not having TV or going to the movies. I found other things to do. And I really like very old black and white movies so I started watching them and listening to old radio shows from the '40s online. I also have a house full of books I can read. And of course, I could always try doing housework for a change. hahaha
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
11 Sep
@deazil .. Old songs are lovely and many old movies can be easily watched on YouTube, without paying anything for them.
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@wongchoiyee (5471)
• Malaysia
8 Sep
Yes, I do feel it too.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
8 Sep
Even in seemingly innocuous serials. They can do something more serious to our brains and we do not realize that it is happening.
• Malaysia
8 Sep
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@YrNemo (3505)
8 Sep
You have an extremely sharp mind! Some TV series really irks me, for going on and on about some trivial things in life (but perhaps that is why some of them were called soap operas ). I happened to watch a few episodes here and there of some of them at the urge of some neighbors.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
10 Sep
Soap operas and other serials are what I am against. They make people immune to feelings in real life. Mind gets conditioned to expecting that the person needing our sympathy or help has to be somebody who is suffering, is good, is also good looking. In reality, we hardly know others that well. That does not mean, they don't deserve help.
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@amnabas (9702)
• Karachi, Pakistan
7 Sep
Yes to some extent they do....
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
10 Sep
You and me should know. How those anchors keep arguing...about India and Pakistan. In truth we have nothing against each other...sigh.
@crossbones27 (13514)
• Redlands, California
7 Sep
Great question, but no. Smart enough to figure things out myself. I will say one thing. Shows like Mad Men scare me because swear our leaders copy them. Gives them ideas. Why I no longer watch House Of Cards and such. Not supporting bad behavior.
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@vandana7 (55225)
• India
10 Sep
I feel it happens at a subtle level.
@jstory07 (57733)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Sep
Sometimes people have no feelings towards others and that is why they can harm someone else.
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