TV portrayals of popular and unpopular characters in high school settings are harmful to adolescents as they influence their behavior negatively. For instance, some TV portrayals make adolescents develop aggressive behavior. TV portrayals influence the convictions, attitudes, and actions regarding such practices as aggression. Verbal and physical forms of aggression are particularly evident in most TV programs due to the direct aspect of the behaviors. Consistent viewing of aggressive conducts goes a long way toward influencing consequent aggressive deliberations and behaviors. Though relational aggression in TV portrayals goes unnoticed by some audiences, it is apparent in a variety of media. Relational aggression entails causing harm to other people through persistent manipulation and spoiling of relationships encompassing sentiments of acceptance, comradeship, or group inclusion. Relational aggression out of influence from TV portrayals may include ignoring people as a way of punishing them, excluding an individual socially for vengeance, employing negative gesture or facial expression, or subverting another person’s relationships.
The occurrence of relational aggression has been widespread in television shows, cartoons, adolescent films, and other TV programs. Relational aggression has been established in about 90% of all TV programs thus surpassing the occurrence of verbal (85%) and physical (55%) forms in similar shows. In most instances, actions of relational aggression exist as justified; illustrating peer endorsement and amusement for the suffering of a victim. In popular TV programs, females have been depicted to be major perpetrators of aggression. Moreover, TV portrayals show females as being highly rewarded and less probable of being punished when compared to males. Interestingly, just as expressed in TV portrayals, males have been found to be common victims of relational aggression in real life situations.