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What Are The Effects Of TV, Movies And Video Games On A Relationship?

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There are two main ways that TV, movies and video games can affect a relationship:

  • They give an unrealistic portrayal of what a relationship should be like
  • They can be a distraction from spending quality time interacting with your partner
The effects of popular entertainment on a relationship
Now I'm hardly one of those people that sit there ranting about the effects of TV and video games in general- I enjoy playing a bit of GTA just as much as the next person.

But it has to be said. What we see in movies and video games does have an effect on the way we interact with each other. Especially when it comes to relationships of a romantic nature.

Movies tend to over-simplify and stereotype relationships because they need to get the story across in under two hours. Real life is far more complicated.

How do games and movies affect a relationship?
The second way popular entertainment might affect a relationship is through the distraction it causes.

If I had a nickel for every time my girlfriend asked me to turn off the Xbox and spend time with her... Well, I'd have quite a few dollars by now!

Whilst there's nothing wrong with entertaining yourself by watching TV or playing video games, it is important that we dedicate sufficient time to the things that really matter in our life.

It can be easy to slip into the habit of spending too much time in front of the screen.

But when you look back on your life- it is the human relationships that will define what you've accomplished, not how many kills you can rack up on Halo 3.
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Amanda Wells answered
If you mean the effects on relationships of these things, it's often said that seeing unreal, eg Hollywood-style portrayals of relationships on TV and in movies has a bad effect on real life ones, as we get very unrealistic ideas about how people look and behave.

Electronic games can also have an adverse effect as they take people away from the real life and relationships around them.

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