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Jerry Springer Apologizes For Show’s Effect On Pop Culture: ‘I’ve Ruined The Culture’

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Jerry Springer Apologizes For Show’s Effect On Pop Culture: ‘I’ve Ruined The Culture’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Jerry Springer is expressing his regret for creating THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, apologizing for its impact on popular culture. 

THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW was wildly popular. Springer would mediate arguments between family members and romantic partners. 

While many found the show’s outrageous guests entertaining, others criticized Springer’s show for putting people’s trauma on display and encouraging others to laugh at the guests. 

The events that took place on episodes of THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW had real-world ramifications. 

A woman who appeared on the show in 2000 was murdered by her ex-husband after she revealed on-air that she was still carrying on a relationship with him without his new wife’s knowledge. 

“I’m so sorry. What have I done? I’ve ruined the culture,” Springer said while appearing on a podcast. “I just hope hell isn’t that hot because I burn real easy. I’m very light-complected, and that kind of worries me.”

He continued, “It’s just the democratization of the whole culture,” pointing out that his show is now being played out on social media where “the audience becomes entertainment.”

Movieguide® has previously reported on the dangers of social media, specifically for young people:

Teenagers who spend more time on social media have increased depression, according to recent studies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study placing suicide as the second leading cause of death amongst individuals aged 10-34.

Social media is not the direct cause but rather the correlation between the spike in depression and its use. The basic human to human interaction has been lost on many levels through social media.

Cyberbullying effects 60% of all students. This leads to one in four girls self-harming, and one in ten boys doing the same.

Bergen Facebook Scale (BFAS) is a scale developed by scientists to measure addiction in people who use Facebook. The sole purpose of the scale was to see the increase of addiction to Facebook over time. The results concluded that Social media is more addictive than cigarettes according to an additional study done by the University of Chicago.

Social media is also linked to worse posture, often including a depressed rib cage, internally rotated shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head posture, and lower back pain. As we spend on average 8 ½ hours in front of screens, the best way to combat this is to be on our phones less.

Procrastination is easily accessed through screens. The choice to complete homework or scroll through Instagram will typically be the latter.

Nomophobia, the irrational fear of being without a cellphone is rising in teenagers along with Internet Addiction Disorder. Nomophobia effects 53% of all mobile users, shown in a study done in the U.K. Only 47% of mobile users felt that they could turn their phones off without anxiety.

Not everyone who uses a cell phone is addicted. You can spend a large amount of time in front of a screen and not be addicted to the internet, have fantastic social skills, and not suffer from depression. However, the increased use of mobile phones have inevitably affected several people.

Statistics are grim, but what is crucial to know is that depression caused by social media, can be lowered with moderation. If we actively lower our time spent on our phones, then we become proactive about combating these statistics.

We need to reprioritize the things in our lives. If reaching for a cell phone comes before reaching for your Bible, then readjust your schedule to reflect your priorities. Maybe your phone has too many notifications, and you get distracted when reading your Bible on a cell phone. Take the time out of your day to consider how you spend your time and where you find your joy. God should always be the center of our joy, so cell phones should slowly become a little farther down the list.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.

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