Also of note

February 1, 2005

Commercials depicting violent or unsafe behavior often accompany televised sports.

Commercials depicting violent or unsafe behavior often accompany televised sports. Examination of the 50 most-watched TV sports programs over a year's time revealed that, of more than 1,000 commercials aired during these presentations, 14% displayed unsafe behavior and 6% showed violence. The Super Bowl of professional football had the highest percentage of such commercials. Almost half of commercials that contained violence were for movies; more than another one third were for TV programs. Commercials for automobiles were most likely to portray unsafe behavior (Tamburro RF et al: Pediatrics 2004;114:e694).