Feng-Chyi Fang、Yann-Chiou Chen、Wei-Lun Shyu
Taiwan teenagers, Variety shows, Moral judgment
In the current years, the negative affection on teenagers brought by the variety shows has been hotly discussed. Among so many kinds of TV shows, the variety shows are exactly to teenagers’ taste. However, authorities and moralists start to criticize this kind of variety shows which contain so many dirty thoughts. When teenagers see the variety shows as the main way to relax themselves, they suffer and receive the value which is low-class and flattering to the public and is diverging from the main stream ones. Under this kind of situation, we are curious about how deeply will the audience been influenced through the mass media.
In this research, we will discuss the relationship between teenagers’ moral judgment ability and their habit of watching variety shows by means of showing and organizing evidence. In this research, “Television Cultivation Theory” and “Social Learning Theory” are used to investigate teenagers’ moral learning and judgment process, and with Kohlberg’s viewpoint, we try to find out the relationship between teenagers’ moral judgment ability and their habit of watching variety shows through designing questionnaires. Our findings are listed as follows:
1. The longer the teenagers watch variety shows, the lower their moral judgment ability.
2. Teenagers’ moral judgment ability will be lower if they love the unit in the variety show which is meant to give somebody a hard time.
3. Teenagers’ moral judgment ability will be higher if they are interested in the information unit in the variety show.
4. The more the teenagers identify with the variety show, the more they will discuss with their friends and start to imitate.
5. Junior high school students have more time to watch variety shows than senior high school students do.
6. Senior high school students surpass junior high school students in moral mature grade.