Negetive Affects Of Television

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Negetive Affects Of Television


Influence of Television




I hear the door slam abruptly and a thud from something hitting the ground. It's about
3:15, so my sister should be home. I bring her backpack into the living room as I see her
fixated on the television. I tell her to put it away and she says ok, whatever. She gets
to her room and not two seconds later does her TV click on in her room. I ask her if she
wants to play catch, "No that's alright." She always loved to play catch, what about some
basketball I ask her, "No, maybe some other time," she says as her eyes are glued to the
box. Is television so addictive that it makes everything else look unattractive? It is
very well maybe Marie Winn agrees; she names television the "plug-in drug." Although not
as lethal as drugs and alcohol, television can have many effects too, and not necessarily
good ones. According to authors in this section television has made reality seem second
best, children more violent, and has made reality a world of advertisement.

First, television has made reality seem second best. The real world is filled with many
emotions including anxiety, depression, and stress. Who wants to deal with any of these
problems? You've had a hard day at work, so why not flick on the television and not worry
about anything? As Marie Winn describes, "the television experience allows the participant
to blot out the real world and enter into a pleasurable and passive mental state." For
some people life without a television is less than complete. Winn says television will
lead to the addiction of it because it becomes part of your life, and soon the real world
is too boring to live in all the time. Winn observes a heavy viewer and they find the
television irresistible, when it's on they can't ignore it, and can't turn it off. Winn
also says that with television pleasures available and other experiences seem less
attractive. The viewer eventually gets so addicted that they put off all other activities
and feel that they can live in a less careless style. On the same note Rita Dove agrees
with Winn by saying, "It's not that we confuse television with reality. But that we prefer
it to reality-the manageable struggle resolved in twenty-six minutes."(Dove p408) People
like to see the climax, stress and problem solved in a short period of time. Dove says
that television an easier tale to tell, her daughter can recite a television program
better that how her day at school was. The world is ugly and television is always
invigorating, that's all people want to see.

Secondly, television has made children more violent. Television not only makes children
more violent, but it also makes children more fearful to the world around them. Cyndy
Scheibe describes how parents are concerned about violence on television. A big problem is
that not only does adult crime dramas include violence, but so do cartoons and slapstick
comedies. Scheibe explains some other effects of violence on television are that children
may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others in reality and television.
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