Human behavior of curiosity is another aspect that has been impacted by media. With the introduction of the television, social groups could learn and observe another social group. Men saw the world of women and vice versa. But, one group that could learn about another group is children and adults. For the first time, children were able to know what goes on behind closed doors when their parents are engaged in conversation. Meyrowitz explained this in the article, “We Liked to Watch: Television as Progenitor of the Surveillance Society” noting that children “learned about the ways in which adults perceived and treated children” and more importantly the “adult secrets” that before, children never knew about (Meyrowitz, 2009, We Liked to Watch, 36). An example of this is in the show, “Father Knows Best,” which is a 1950s-television show that depicted a typical American family. However, the show also showed the many sides of parents. In one episode, one of the daughters was giving a speech about her father that she wanted him to attend. However, the father had to attend a work event instead, as it was important to his job, even though he promised his daughter he would be there to see her speech. However, the secret about adults that children learned from this episode is that the mother told the father to go to work instead of attending the speech reading. This showcased that the mother had more authority than it would seem in person, as the show was entailed “Father Knows Best” for a reason, however, in this episode, the father didn’t know best. Children were then impacted by this show a notion that adults did not always know best and therefore, the human behavior of children was impacted because they would then question what their parents did and told them because the adults had been depicted in television shows to be different than they presented themselves in person.
Follow the link to watch this episode of “Father Knows Best”: https://view.yahoo.com/show/father-knows-best/episode/60557408/father-s-biography