Telenovelas and their impact on Brazilian population growth

Telenovelas and their impact on Brazilian population growthIt sounds amazing, yet it is true. Telenovelas presented Brazilian with the aspirational model of a smaller family, and this has greatly impacted the desire of Brazilians to have fewer children.

Here is what to do if you wish to curb population growth in a country:

Introduce electricity and television at the same time in much of the nation's interior, a double disruption of traditional family living patterns, and then flood the airwaves with a singular, vivid, aspirational image of the modern Brazilian family: affluent, light skinned, and small.

One study observes that the spread of televisions outpaced access to education, which has greatly improved in Brazil, but at a slower pace. By the 1980s and '90s all of Brazil was dominated by the Globo network, whose prime-time novelas were often a central topic of conversation; even now, in the era of multichannel satellite broadcasting, you can see café TVs turned to the biggest Globo novela of the season.

Well, Greece has the exact opposite problem, and soap operas with model families of 3,4 or 5 children will not ever exert any such influence. The priority of Greeks is to offer their children expensive futures (education, travel, housing), and at the current state of the economy, this is becoming ever more elusive. Thus, Greeks will not have bigger families or more children in the near future!


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