Entertainment is something that everyone wants and enjoys. The question is: What is the psychological reason for entertainment? What is the reason that people across cultures and time seek entertainment? What makes entertainment so important? Entertainment is important for people of all walks of life. They want to be entertained and find it so rewarding.
Let’s first define entertainment. Entertainment is any activity that allows people to have fun in their free time. Entertainment is usually passive. This could include watching movies, T.V. shows, or live theatre. Sports and other active forms of entertainment are often considered recreation. Hobbies include reading books and playing music. There are many entertainment options, including theatre, cinema and dance shows. Children will be attracted to entertainment such as clowns, mimes, puppet shows and cartoons.
The human nature of the human being is a seeker of escape. Escape from the reality of life is what we need. Our fantasies need to be fed. Entertainment transports us to a world we like and fulfils our need for fantasy and an escape from the monotony of real life. Entertainment transports us to a world full of fantasy and keeps us immersed in this alternate reality. This holds true especially for entertainment media such as movies, music, and theatre.
Entertainment influences our thinking, values, and behaviour. This is particularly true for media entertainment like movies and T.V. Emotions can have a powerful influence on our actions that is beyond our control. Entertainment can influence us unconsciously. Although we are rational creatures, our emotions can cause us to act in unreasonable ways. Entertainment allows us to move from the initial stages of interest to an emotional connection, and then to addiction.
The entertainment industry can trigger complex psychological processes in the brain. A man might fall in love in movies with an actress who looks like his dream girl.
Let’s take another example. There is a growing concern about the negative effects of violence on television. What are the negative consequences? Is violence on TV a cause for an increase in violence in real life? It is proven by studies. Many studies show that children are more likely to be violent if they see violence on television. While these shows would not make a peaceful child violent, they can make violence-prone children more likely to follow their natural instincts.
Entertainment elevates values that we may not agree with, but are nevertheless very important to us. It also provides mental stimulation. Entertainment is not necessarily bad for people. It is possible to gain a deeper understanding of entertainment’s effect on our emotions and experience in real life.