BY SOFO ARCHON
TV SUCKS. At least for the most part, and here you’re going to find out exactly why.
In a culture where most people are obsessed with watching television, I can’t help but point out the negative effects of watching too much television.
Don’t get me wrong, television certainly has much to offer, and without a doubt is a great innovation, but when it comes to relying on it, whether to be informed or entertained, it can certainly affect you negatively.
So what are the main harmful effects of watching television that you should keep in mind before tuning into your favorite TV shows?
Keep scrolling and I’ll show you.
Television is bad for your health
I’m pretty sure you know that watching television means physical inactivity. But did you know that inactivity has been linked to obesity and heart disease?
In case you didn’t, now you do.
So ask yourself this: Is it merely a coincidence that in the West — where people are spending enormous amount of time watching television — the rates of obesity and heart disease in people of all ages are rapidly increasing?
Indeed, more and more studies reveal the adverse health effects of watching television.
A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that watching too much television can significantly increase the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Another study carried out at the University of Rhode Island found that prolonged television watching decreases viewers’ sense of self-efficacy in maintaining personal health.
And these are just a couple of studies among dozens.
As you can understand, the side effects of watching a lot of TV on your health can be pretty damaging. So perhaps you’d be better off if you limited the time you spend keeping your body immobile staring at an electronic screen, don’t you agree?
Television feeds you false information
TV is ruining your health, which is pretty bad in itself. But other than ruining your health, it’s also ruining your perception.
One of the most harmful effects of watching television is that TV appears to portray or report reality, when in fact it just allows us to get a small glimpse of what’s really going on. This particularly happens while watching TV newscasts. When we watch a 30-minute newscast, we usually believe that what it’s showing us is all there is to see. After all, if there was more to see, wouldn’t television show us more?
Unfortunately most people accept whatever television is feeding them, without ever casting a doubt on its truthfulness. Perhaps the reason why we do so is that we prefer ignorance over knowledge, because, as the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss.”
The harsh truth is that searching to find out the truth requires effort, and so we prefer to let the evening news do all the search for us. In this way, we don’t need to do anything: No effort, nothing to worry about. We choose the easy way, but a serious disadvantage of doing so is that we also choose to accept a distorted view of reality.
Television kills your self-esteem
When you watch an hour of TV, you’re exposed to about 15 minutes of commercials, whose sole purpose is to persuade you to buy stuff.
How exactly do they achieve that? Firstly, by making you feel bad about yourself. Once they do so, they sell you products and services with the promise that they’ll improve your self-esteem.
In other words, commercials are emotionally manipulating you, and most of the time you aren’t even aware of it. The result? Spending your hard-earned money purchasing products you actually don’t need and which will sooner or later leave you disappointed and sad. In addition, by constantly consuming things, you’re creating immense material waste that is messing up with our planet’s ecology.
Television makes you dumb
Another dangerously bad effect of excessively watching television is the fact it can hinder our ability to think.
Having talking heads continuously giving us quick information, opinion, analysis and criticism for just about everything, slowly leads us to stop using our own critical thinking skills. As a consequence, we can be easily misinformed and manipulated.
That’s why it’s especially important for parents and school teachers to help children and students understand the ill effects of spending too much time in front of a TV screen. Children are much more vulnerable to the messages TV is sending, and so they need to be taught from an early age how to protect themselves from them.
Of course, there are a few programs on TV that are educational and thought-provoking (in other words, that have a good, positive impact on our intelligence), but let’s admit it: The majority of television programs are just trash.
Indeed, we rarely find a program on TV that requires us to think. In fact, television programming is designed in such a way to match our attention spam. This perfectly explains why almost all programs are 30 to 60 minutes long. It also explains why television programs rarely dedicate the entire program to a single topic.
Therefore, not only can’t television programs provide us with any decent thought to stimulate discussion, but they present information in such a way that we can’t digest it properly. As a result, we can easily form opinions without allowing the information to first be filtered through our minds, and while we might think that we become more knowledgeable, in reality we become dumb.
Television wastes your time
Life is short, but we choose to spend it watching television.
Just think of how many hours of our day most of us waste watching television. Believe it or not, surveys reveal that people in the Western world spend 5-10 hours a day watching television!
Instead of living our life to the fullest, we sit in front of a dead though “entertaining” device, which we have chosen as a substitute for true living.
Instead of going out to play soccer, we are so obsessed with watching soccer games and admiring our favorite sportspeople, as if they are some kind of heroes.
Instead of going to the kitchen and cook a healthy meal, we prefer to sit in the sofa, watching special cooking shows where people are savoring all kinds of delicious food, while we’re filling our bodies with junk.
Instead of going out to meet people, converse with them and have fun, we choose to be all alone confined within four walls, so as to watch with full attention adventure movies, reality shows, and soap operas.
But I am asking you, is this living?
A time will come when your physical and mental energy will be dissipated, and you’ll realize that you have not yet actually lived. But then it will be too late, and you’ll be filled with regrets.
So what are you waiting for? Turn off that goddamn TV and do something that truly matters.
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PROMPT:Televison has brought great changes to the way many children spend their leisure time. While some of these changes have been beneficial, other have had a harmful effect. To what extent do you agree or disagree
Most children nowadays, watch television as part of their leisure time. It is found that watching television for young children has both its advantages and disadvantages. A child can learn quite a lot of useful things and entertain himself by watching television but he can also become addicted to watching television and take bad things from it.
Television offers programs which can learn the child good qualities that should be in him as he grows up. this includes educational programs and cartoons. A child can learn languages, math, to depend on himself, take actions, work harder, how to reach goals and others. For example, a cartoon I saw when I was young called captain Majid' is based on a football player named Majid where hes the captain of his team and he tries his best to get goals for his team. Other players pass the ball to him and he runs with the ball, not afraid of anyone, trusting himself and makes the right shot at the goal keeper of the other team which results in an extra goal for his team. I learned from this how to be confident in myself and how to always try hard until I reach my goal.
Television also can bring harmful effects to children. Children can learn bad words or to be violent. The child himself can also become addicted and this will prevent him from doing other important activities he should be doing. For Instance, a cartoon called tom and jerry, which I loved to watch when I was young, is very addictive, is based on a cat and mouse fight where the cat always tries to catch the mouse. In most cases the cat fails to do this, however. you learn violence from this, in confidence and inability to try to reach your goal.
In conclusion, Televison can lead to benefits or bad effects on children depending on hoe its used. Parents should restrict their children to see only programs that that can lead to better improvements in their children and their time spent on television, hoping that their children become good people who benefit their community and the world.
The introductory paragraph is a bit weak. The first sentence relates a fact that everyone already knows. The second sentence merely repeats the claim of the prompt. The third sentence articulates the argument of the essay as a whole, which is a good thing to do in the introduction, but note that you conclude that sentence with a claim that is rather vague (about the fact that "a child can ... take bad things from" television). You really ought to explain here what you think the negative aspects of watching television are. You can do this is a general way (television promotes laziness or violence) but not a vague way (television promotes "bad things").
In the second paragraph you use the word "learn" incorrectly as a synonym for "teach." My kid does that too. It's cute. But it's wrong. The first sentence of the second paragraph also refers vaguely to good qualities. While the word "this" of the next sentence seems to refer logically to these good qualities that "should be in" a child as he grows up, you refer in that second sentence to programs and cartoons, which are obviously not qualities that could conceivably "be in" the growing child. The rest of the paragraph, with its little anecdote about what you learned from the Capt. Majid cartoon is reasonable enough, though a little one-sided. While it may be true that you can learn valuable lessons from cartoons, that would only lead to the conclusion that children should watch such cartoons if it were also true that there is no other way (or no better way) to learn those valuable lessons.
Your paragraph on the negative impact of television is a bit underdeveloped. You note the possibility of addiction, but base your argument about this issue only on a personal anecdote. You note the possibility of learning to be violent from television, but again there is no significant evidence to support this claim. You cite the example of Tom and Jerry, which is a great example to cite because it brings back wonderful memories. I do recall that Tom and Jerry is a rather violent cartoon, but it's not realistically violent (the violence is highly stylized). When you say "you learn violence from this," you are making a claim that has often been made, but your way of articulating the claim is a bit too vague. Do you mean to suggest that some children who watch Tom and Jerry become violent, or more violent than they might otherwise have been? If you are not claiming that, it is difficult to know what you are claiming. But if you are claiming that, then you need to try to support that claim with reason and evidence.
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