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Television does more harm than good

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Started: 12/1/2007 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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cleverjerome

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TV viewing is essentially a passive activity that discourages critical thinking – indeed, most viewers (esp. children) watch television indiscriminately …
Research suggests that TV can slow down young children's speech development …
A link between literacy problems and frequent TV viewing …
Similarly, a link between TV and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) …

Television interferes with conversation (visitors often end up staring at "the box in the corner" instead of chatting with their hosts) ….
Many programmes spread fear and depression by focussing on violence, war, crime and various disasters …
Some evidence that seeing on-screen violence makes us less sensitive to the real thing …

The satellite channels are controlled by powerful "western" corporations and the culture of the programmes is predominantly North American, European or Australian … (Not an equal sharing of information, opinions or cultural expressions …)
Television is often used as a propaganda tool (e.g. coverage of the Gulf War or Afghanistan) …
In a very subtle way, television encourages materialism – people in "developing" countries develop a desire for Coca-Cola, Big Macs, fast cars and western fashions …

In Conclusion,TV viewing accelerates the process of "Coca-colonisation";
destroys the art of conversation and a healthy, optimistic view of life;
and turns people into unthinking, illiterate "couch potatoes".
Dancer4

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i dont think that t.v is really a bad thing in the world. t.v is teaching kids these days how the world works and i agree with the comment left below that there are some educational programs on t.v and not all of them are bad. Plus, its just directors trying to make money and making entertainment for their viewers and if you dont think t.v is really good for you then dont watch it. its simple as that.
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Posted by la_bella_vita 6 years ago
la_bella_vita
it's all about moderation.

i don't think we can go so far as to say that no one should ever watch TV, but i do think we can admit that too much television viewing has had a slightly detrimental effect.

TV doesn't offer all that much (beyond entertainment) that you can't get from reading or from going out and experiencing and seeing the world for yourself, rather than on a screen.

i have sort of a weird view on the topic because my family didn't have a TV when i was really young, which was both positive and negative. however, i think the positives far outweighed the negatives because the things i DID spend my time doing instead (reading, spending time with my family and my sister, running around outside, drawing, playing make believe) really made me successful in who i am today. my job is all about creating things, working well with others, being focused and imaginative. i'm sure i would not have been able to do this in the same way if i had spent that time sitting in front of a TV.

that being said, i love movies, and love my favorite TV shows. maybe my view is more in relation to children while they are still developing. :)
Posted by Daxitarian 6 years ago
Daxitarian
Put simply, "There is no such thing as a shitty TV watcher."

I'm a little bit cynical about tv being an educational tool. The fact is that the medium affects the message, and television is more geared towards theater and stimulation. If you want to be informed, read a newspaper and a book.

And if you think TV is bad, don't get one. I don't have one and never will and I think it is the best decision I have ever made. My only fear is that the internet will start to become like TV, so I might have to get off-line for the most part too.
Posted by PreacherFred 6 years ago
PreacherFred
Ah, Harlan, you were doing so good, er, well. You are right my friend in that tv can be beneifical as in public television, entertainment, etc. You were also , er, right in stating too much tv can be detrimental.
Posted by Harlan 6 years ago
Harlan
I agree that telvision in now way is an necessity to youre life, but it is not more bad than good, but of course, it is useless for me to even contribute, because in realit6y, I do not even believe in good or bad.
Posted by BravesFan33 6 years ago
BravesFan33
Yeah, sorry about the immature insults...that was unnecessary, and I do apologize.

But anyway the bottom line is...
napping is a bodily function and is basically vital to your health. Television is, more often than not, unhealthy to you and your body. Reading, studying...whatever...is, more often than not, healthy. Bottom line.
Posted by Harlan 6 years ago
Harlan
Thank you, person.

All name-calling aside, television can be bad or good, depending on how it is used. It will not harm me directly if I watch a television program, only if I do it to often. In fact, just like a napo, it could help me. IF you spent all you're time napping, you're state of health would probably not be great.
Posted by person_16 6 years ago
person_16
And so I revisit an argument I'm watching and what do I see in the comment boxes?

BravesFan making another unnecessary insult! le gasp!

Seriously, dude. Be nice. XD
Posted by BravesFan33 6 years ago
BravesFan33
Taking a nap does no harm, you idiot. Television does.
Posted by Harlan 6 years ago
Harlan
Which would you rather you're kids do:

take a nap or study quantum mechanics in all their free time, becoming a physicist renouned across the world.

I will assume you answered the latter. Is taking naps more bad then good then? Does that make taking naps "bad"?
Posted by BravesFan33 6 years ago
BravesFan33
Yes, there is such a thing as educational television. But books are educational, too. So is research. Which would you rather have your kid do? Sit on the couch and watch Blue's Clue's or read a book about mathematics and astronomy?
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