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Old 08-06-2013, 12:17 AM
 
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I think that watching movies affects many of my decisions. I watch what people do, how they lie and cheat and it's making me cautious. I watch how some find happiness in small things and I gain a new perspective. I get inspired and/or depressed, depending on the movie/show.

Here is the MOST common theme that I saw in most shows/movies: mothers labor a lot for their kids, kids don't appreciate anything, grow up and leave their parents and don't really want to visit or have much to do with them afterwards. Mothers end up sacrificing too much for their kids for no return at the end. Mothers end up suffering even at the end, because they are missing their kids. So, after watching this stuff day in and day out, I decided to do things differently, to not put myself into a bad situation like that.

I am curious if anyone else was affected by watching movies as far as their decisions?

Um.....the only decision affected from me watching a movie is the size of the popcorn I wanted and the last movie I saw in an actual theater was the original Ice Age movie.

Get away from movies and television, they are SCRIPTS, people get paid to write that trash and they call it "entertainment". I would rather be entertained for free watching paint dry on the wall at home and I can fix as much popcorn as I want and not even have to get out of my jammies.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:30 AM
 
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Meeting other people's children made me not want to have kids. Movies were not a significant influence.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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Even the most well scripted, acted, emotional movie cannot hold a candle to my experiences.

Yes, I can relate to movies and certain scenes, but they have never forced me into action or inaction. Even documentaries.

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Culturally, movies do shape certain opinions and likely reinforce beliefs.

When I see a movie like Saving Private Ryan, it enforces the horror of war and the heroics of the men at that time.

If you were thinking about joining the army, it might make you want to join even more, if you're against joining, then it's probably not going to change your mind.

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Movies aside, I think the greatest influence on behavior is your family and specifically, your parents; whether you know it or not.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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Um.....the only decision affected from me watching a movie is the size of the popcorn I wanted and the last movie I saw in an actual theater was the original Ice Age movie.

Get away from movies and television, they are SCRIPTS, people get paid to write that trash and they call it "entertainment". I would rather be entertained for free watching paint dry on the wall at home and I can fix as much popcorn as I want and not even have to get out of my jammies.

You can be entertained by that? I think I would fall asleep.

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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I think that watching movies affects many of my decisions. I watch what people do, how they lie and cheat and it's making me cautious. I watch how some find happiness in small things and I gain a new perspective. I get inspired and/or depressed, depending on the movie/show.

Here is the MOST common theme that I saw in most shows/movies: mothers labor a lot for their kids, kids don't appreciate anything, grow up and leave their parents and don't really want to visit or have much to do with them afterwards. Mothers end up sacrificing too much for their kids for no return at the end. Mothers end up suffering even at the end, because they are missing their kids. So, after watching this stuff day in and day out, I decided to do things differently, to not put myself into a bad situation like that.

I am curious if anyone else was affected by watching movies as far as their decisions?
Movies are not real. No, I don't make important life decisions based on fiction.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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I think that watching movies affects many of my decisions. I watch what people do, how they lie and cheat and it's making me cautious. I watch how some find happiness in small things and I gain a new perspective. I get inspired and/or depressed, depending on the movie/show.

Here is the MOST common theme that I saw in most shows/movies: mothers labor a lot for their kids, kids don't appreciate anything, grow up and leave their parents and don't really want to visit or have much to do with them afterwards. Mothers end up sacrificing too much for their kids for no return at the end. Mothers end up suffering even at the end, because they are missing their kids. So, after watching this stuff day in and day out, I decided to do things differently, to not put myself into a bad situation like that.

I am curious if anyone else was affected by watching movies as far as their decisions?
Wow, I can only imagine if you watched TV shows as well, you would probably give up on life altogether...
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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Movies have bits and pieces of real life situations and events (personalities), but they also have quite a bit of exaggeration, which can be but is rarely true to life.

Movies had nothing to do with my choice to have children or not.
I actually did not want any and ended up having three. I did not want kids because of what I saw happening in the world. Society and the environment slipping downhill, why would I want to bring more lives into a sinking ship?
But, at the same time having kids is a pretty neat experience, so my decision was not that absolute.

I wonder what really turned you off from having kids, which movie really solidified that decision?

As far as missing the kids, I miss mine, but so glad they are on thier own. I actually have one more year and then the baby girl flys away.
Every mom is different though. But while one thinks they will miss them greatly after 18 years minimum of parenting and that perspective changes.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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A better guide than movies as to how kids will treat their parents is to look at how the parents treat their parents. The established family values will usually be a better guide than the movies.

In others words if you treat your parents good, it is probable your kids will treat you good.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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I do not want children, but that's from my upbringing. Granted, there are movies I've seen to further reaffirm my decision. But they weren't the primary factor. I'm more influenced by existential movies. For example Kevin Spacey's character in American Beauty after quitting his horrid corporate job he says, "I want a job with the least amount of responsibility." Love that movie.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:22 PM
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Watching life is enough to make no one want children!
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