Is TV on the way out - at least for the younger generation?

@coffeebreak (17815)
United States
November 7, 2007 6:53pm CST
I don't watch TV much - to much violence, and s__ and just everybody sleeping around and killing etc and no family sitcoms anymore or anything funny. But.. that is just me.. Question: With TV being this way for the teenage group, and with all the Xbox, hand held video things and computer games and all - do kids really watch alot of TV anymore? Or will they soon slow down cause of lack of things to watch? Plus, throw in this writers strike nad after it turns around, after they all get tired of re=runs and all, they'll turn to their Xbox and such and get used to playing them and justn ot go back to TV. What do you guys think?
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6 responses
• United States
8 Nov 07
dear coffeebreak, i think you are absolutely right. i see how my daughter who just turned 24, doesn't watch much television at all, nor her boyfiend or girlfriends. i guess tv is on its way out for their generation! they don't even watch the tv local or nation news anymore, don't purchase newspapers either. even my graduate student friends don't either!! they will tell you they get all their current events now from online updates. the only time they seem to watch tv is when they prepare something to eat and can't use their hands on the computer's keyboard anymore so they switch on the c w station or something geared to young people on the tv!! then they eat and afterwords it's back online again or xbox., etc.....
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
8 Nov 07
There just isn't anything to make it stand apart anymore. When I was young, we didn't have one. Dad said there were more improtant things to do than watch that one-eyed monster. At the time I thought he was horrible for depriving us! Now, I realize he was absolutely on the money! M grand daughter 7 yo, comes here and the TV is hardly ever turned on unless i want her to calm down and rest. We are always doing something - LIncoln logs is one of her favorite things to do!
• United States
8 Nov 07
hi coffeebreak, yes, your right, when i was growing up we were only allowed certain tv viewing time and there were definite rules to follow!! homework had to be done, we kids also had to behave in front of the tv, not make loud noises, etc. one time my brother's got mad at me because we were all laughing so loud, and carrying on over the antics on a sitcom that our mom came in and demanded to know who was making all the noise in the living room? she shut the tv off and we neve saw the end of that funny, funny sitcom. boy were my older brothers mad at me for awhile. the tv had to be shut off during dinnertime, at 6:00 pm sharp! it was not turned back on until the table was all cleared desert was eaten and desert wasn't offered until our plates were cleaned off, of all the veggies etc.!!when the dishes were done, the tv could come back on and we could watch it if our homework was done, completed, and neatly written. i appreciated, now, so much the discipline my parents instilled in us, although i lightened up a little with my own child, but she's turned out g r e a t. bye, stanzi
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I did those rules with my kids - homework, not during meals etc. And supervised what they did watch. I remember my daughter about junior year in highschool and wanting to watch 90210. at first I didn't let her then we watched it together nad then I shut it off once it got to the bed hopping of everyone.
• United States
8 Nov 07
I don't watch any TV anymore. My daughter who is 31 doesn't watch TV anymore. My 22 year old son doesn't watch TV anymore. In fact no one in my entire family watches TV anymore, not even my 9 year old niece. I used to find it so depressing to walk down the street in the evening and through the windows of every house I passed the telltale flickering screen was the only sign of life. Shudder. TV will probably always be around though, I just don't think as many people will be watching it, young or old.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I watch the food channel and DIY and TV land. Other than that I have the set of I Love Lucy and some others that I watch from time to time. Only thing I do like are the cooking and design reality shows - those guys have to be creative on the minute and work with nothing to make an inpact. I always wonder if I could do that - I'm pretty creative, but dont think that creative!
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• United States
9 Nov 07
My son and I were on a 10 day fast once. We started watching the food network and drooled over it for 2 days. It was our downfall! We only made it 7 days on our fast.
@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
8 Nov 07
Younger generations would not be watching TV anymore....they are the YouTube generation...They won't care about TVs or Prime Time...
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
8 Nov 07
That's what I am wondering. I am also wondering if it will cause the writers and producers and all to create shows for the "older" generation. They loose so many younger ones to the video and hand held and all that so are they going to target the older generation and give us something intelligent and fun to watch?
@abby026 (42)
• United States
8 Nov 07
my son and I hardly ever watch television anymore. It is hard for me to believe because I used to love all of the reality shows. Now we are so busy with other things outside of school and work like the internet and video games. Too be honest I don't miss watching tv at all and neither does my 16 year old.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I don't see that there is anything on for age 16 kids. It is all focused more to 25 and over. Notes from the Underbelly? I mean, come on, is that what people want to watch these days? Is that where they get their fun? What a stupid show! But here is is back this season. I watched the first one, just to see if hte commercials protrayed how stupid it really was, and the commercials didn't do it justice in the stupidity department!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
9 Nov 07
I think it varies from person to person. Some kids and teens are stuck on TV, others watch it a notable amount. Some have other distractions like video games/online games, and there are those with other activities to occupy the time. They may get sick of the reruns, or some just won't care and they'll do as they please, business as usual. As for the downward spiral, its not just TV and videogames. There is also crap music out that's destroyed plenty of young minds and made the teens, well basically like thuggish hordes or prositots. But add to it that those are just media and messages. Its those acting upon it that should really be the concern, or those so immersed in it that their lives are completely warped.
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@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
8 Nov 07
My husband and I do not watch much tv either. If we do, we watch 2-3 shows and that is it. We prefer to see what is on PBS sometimes or we read or run errands. We love to watch movies.
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