Middle School Public Debate Program -- www.middleschooldebate.com Television is a bad influence
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Impressionable Pop Cultures
Study: TV On, Reading Ability Off
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/28/health/main580490.shtml Fact Set
• The average American watches television for more than four hours a day. • A recent study found that children 6 months to 6 years old spend on average 2 hours a day watching television, using a computer or playing a video game. That is three times as long as they spend reading or being read to.
Arguments in favor of television being a bad influence
• Television makes children violent and aggressive. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is a consensus developing among members of the research community that violence on television does lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch the programs. • Television discourages face-to-face interaction among children or families. • Sitting passively in front of the television leads to weight gain, increasing the chances of diabetes in children and heart disease in adults.
• Television programs model undesirable behavior such as drug and alcohol use or unhealthy relationships.
• Research indicates that students may be less able to engage in formal descriptions of events or objects than their peers in the past. Dr. Rosemary Sage of the University of Leicester’s School of Education attributes this drop in verbal communication skills to an increase in television watching among youth at the expense of communication with their parents or other adults. Arguments against television being a bad influence
• Television is an easy and inexpensive way to get information. Television is the most popular way for Americans to get informed. A Pew Research Center survey...
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