THE media has become the storyteller in most homes around the country, the Education Ministry said.
Principal education officer Tomasi Raiyawa said the media, as the story teller, dished out lies and even prevented people from attending church in favour of viewing the Hong Kong 7s.
The media has also given rise to neighbourly competition and subsequently theft, he told participants at the Fiji Media Watch's community based workshop in Suva earlier this week.
Families can barely make ends meet and are led to steal to meet the needs and wants of their respective families, he said.
Through the media, culture and taste has changed, Mr Raiyawa said.
He said the rise in obesity in the country's three major ethnicities was partly attributed to the influence of advertisements on junk food. The media was also the cause for the increase in cost of domestic bills, Mr Raiyawa said.
"I switch off the power box for some peace at home," he said adding that through such means he is able to take the time to talk to his family members and reduce the cost of domestic bills.
The media, he said, bred a culture of dependency on the use of and need for Internet and television.