It may be hard to admit, but television has become an intricate part of our everyday lives. People often find themselves sitting in front of the television screen for a longer period of time than ever before and this is due to the fact that television has evolved immensely over the past few years. Society is so addicted to television that it has become an issue. People are not aware of the dangers that television can inflict on the human mind and because of this people are becoming socially unproductive. Television shows have also evolved over the years as more and more TV shows resort to sex and violence to capture their audiences. These shows reflect negatively upon our younger viewers and it is becoming a problem.
Despite all these negative aspects, there are however educational programs and television ads that benefit the viewers. The definition of addiction is the condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or involved in something. Now the word addiction hasn’t always been commonly associated with television, but over the past years it is becoming more common. The average person spends about 1000 hours watching television each year. That’s equivalent to watching 24 hours of television a day for six weeks straight. Like a drug addict, a television addict thrives on a certain experience to get high.
In this case the high is watching television. Winn states, “Something about that particular experience makes life without it less than complete” (505).
Televison is one of the greatest 20 th century inventions. It has truly changed peoples' living habits. Nowadays it has been a topic of much research. The results of such research show television has many negative and positive effects on peoples normal daily lives and their behaviour. The first television had its public demonstration on January 1926. In the beginning of 1930's the first television ...
A television addict doesn’t believe he can live life without television. Television addicts devote every waking hour to watching TV and some even revolve their whole life around it.
These addicts live off the incredible experience they feel when watching television and because of this they are unable to stop. People often use television as a scapegoat for the many problems that goes on in their own lives. They watch TV to live out the life they never had. Maria Winn explains, .”.. the television experience allows the participant to blot out the real world and enter into a pleasurable and passive mental state” (Winn 506).
They are able to enter an imaginary television world as a place where they can forget about their troubles and live the perfect life they never had.
Dove states, “It is not that we confuse TV with reality, but that we prefer it to reality… .” (Dove 503-04).
For some people the television life is a life they rather live. They find the television world to be a much more fascinating world than their own.
Sex and violence has also become an all too common problem in television today. Every television show on TV is resorting to sex and violence to make money. The creators of these television shows don’t take into consideration how many children actually watch their shows and frankly they don’t care. These companies are only after one thing and that is how much money they can make.
They base their success on the amount of viewers they get because the more viewers they attract the more money they rake in. Children’s cartoons have always been revolved around violence. Whether it be a coyote chasing after a roadrunner or a pussycat trying to kill a bird, they all seem to have a little violence in them. They show these characters engage in crazy stunts that often involves them getting hurt, but they don’t show the consequences or the aftermath of their actions. The producers think its okay to show these kinds of behaviors as long as they ” re done in a humorous way. The kids watch these shows and they think its okay to do what they see on TV, but what they don’t understand is that there are consequences to these actions and if they try to imitate these actions, someone will eventually get hurt.
Addicted to Television The temptations that can disrupt human life are often caused by pure indulgences. That which we most desire may ultimately harm and destroy us. For example, no one has to drink alcohol. Realizing when a diversion has gotten out of control, such as alcohol, is one of the greatest challenges of life. These excessive cravings do not necessarily involve physical substances. ...
Although there are many negative aspects to watching too much television, there are some benefits. Television stations like The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, The History Channel, and sometimes even the Game Show Network all provide educational programs. They provide insightful information in a way that makes it interesting to watch. Some game show for example may not seem educational, but in fact they are. Shows like Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire actually help educate the minds of its viewers by asking and answering questions about our world’s history. The News is an educational program because they inform us on current events and about what’s going on in the world around us.
Most people find watching the news on television much more convenient than reading it in the newspapers because they are able to see what is actually going on and this helps them process the information in a much more effective way. Television advertisements are also beneficial. Television is one of the quickest and most effective ways of advertising today. A person spends about half their time on the television just watching commercials.
Commercials help provide people with jobs, cars, and health treatment everyday. They help provide insight on good products and bad products. Cars for example can be one of the hardest things to shop for. Commercials can narrow down everything you need to know about the car in about thirty seconds or less.
The use of commercials can help benefit everybody who watches. Even though television has its benefits, the amount of negative aspects is just overwhelming. People are forgetting that watching too much television can be harmful to the human mind. It causes people to forget everything they know about the reality world and enter into the imaginary world. People are watching so much TV that they are becoming television addicts. These addicts devote their entire life to watching TV.
Great changes have taken place in human society along development of technology, and movies or television are a big part of this. Such entertaining methods affect on people’s behavior in many ways. I believe that television and especially movies are one of the major and outstanding achievements of humankind. Every movie makes an impression on people. How big this impression is depends on a ...
These addicts aren’t even aware of the things that are going on around them. If people exerted the same amount of energy and time they spent watching TV to doing something useful the world would be a much healthier place for everyone. Works Cited Dove, Rita. “Loose Ends.” The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines.
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“Television Addiction.” The Mcgraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines. 8 th ed. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. Boston: Mc-Graw Hill, 2003.