How many of you actually spend more than 4 hours staring at the Tv programs, series, drama, etc?
Well if you do, guess what. According to the cultivation theory by George Gerbner (1976) a pioneer researcher on the effects of television on society, you’re expose to way too much violence and therefore are effected by the Mean World Syndrome, an idea that the world is worse then it actually is. In this case, one would be rather wary of their surrounding, thinking that something might happen at any given time. Thinking that the world is an intimidating and unforgiving place.
I would have to say I know people like that, people who think that the world is much more ‘evil’ than it really is. My boyfriend would be a living example. He never ever allows me to return by myself after dark. To him, he feels/thinks that the worst might just happen. Even though I assure him a thousand and one time that nothing’s going to happen, he would stand firm on his point of view and insist that either I go home earlier or someone sends me back. But I guess his would be the mild case, as compared to others and to the video.
However, individuals who watch television infrequently and adolescents who talk to their parents about reality are said to have a more accurate view of the real world than those who do not, and they are able to more accurately assess their vulnerability to violence. They also tend to have a wider variety of beliefs and attitudes.