Standard pieces of equipment in most homes, watching television has become a standard activity for most families. Although there are many excellent programs, many people think television is one of the worst inventions of modern times. All too often, television is harmful because of the shows it broadcasts, the effect it has on people, and the way it is used in homes.
First, heavy TV viewing leads to poor school performance. Most television broadcasters show a variety of programs 24 hours a day, giving the viewers a 24-hour service. More time spent watching these shows is linked with poorer school performance overall and decreased scores on standardized tests. The more time spent in front of a television, the less time spent on homework or had stimulating interactions with adults or other children, "On average, children aged 2-5 watch 14 hours of network television, per week" (Television project). This fact is further supported by a report in CNN news quoting the latest annual Media in the Home survey, conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center that "The average child in the United States spends about 25 hours a week in front of the television (including the use of VCR)", and "By grade 12, the average American child will have spent more time watching television than they did sitting in classrooms kindergarten through high school!" (Television Can Be Harmful). In addition, late-night TV watching tires kids out so that they can not pay attention in school. Television also hands kids all the answers, promoting passive learning and short attention spans. As a result, kids have difficulty concentrating and working hard to solve a problem.
Second, heavy TV viewing, heavy kids. There appears to be a strong relationship between time spent in front of the television and being overweigh. "This past March the American Medical Association held a special briefing in New York City to alert parents about the well-proven link between TV viewing and obesity"(CNN news). While watching television, people usually eat something such as, potato, chocolate which cause couch-potato syndrome. This is probably the result of taking in too many calories (junk food -- which is advertised on television -- stuffed in unconsciously as kids stare at the screen) and not burning up enough calories (sitting still rather than running around and playing), "66% of Americans eat dinner while watching television" (Television Project).
Third, late-night television causes daytime sleepiness, Daphne Miller, M.D. " TV watching (especially late-night and violent shows) has been connected with poor sleep patterns in children. The emotional stress caused by the shows could be preventing children from getting to sleep and cause nightmares". In turn, abnormal sleep patterns can cause children to be less alert during the day, also contributing to poor school performance.
Moreover, most family arguments revolve around who wants to watch what and when and sadly they never agree and what happens? Children tend to leave the room and find something else to do while the dad watches the football game. Television has been one of the successful destroyers of what we once knew as a happy family. Children watch actors argue with their parents, leave the house and even harm their families. So what is TV really doing to our families and the people we love the most? It is making us grow apart.
Television is designed to make you miserable. Especially commercials are written to make viewers unhappy with their life. Their goal is to make to discontent and miserable so that you will buy whatever they are selling. Television, particularly commercials, is built on greed and promoting jealousy. No wonder kids have to have the things they see on television, "When shopping with a parent, on average, children request a brand-named item 13-18 times" (Television project). Television parades before us and our children everything we do not have - money, pleasure, fame, power, and...
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