Television is for people with room temperature IQ

Essay by Sonia79 May 2004

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Nowadays, television has a big influence on our life. Almost everyone has at least one television set at home. What is more, many people cannot imagine existing without it, because it appears to them as a first need. There are also people who regard television as an easy joy for brainless public. As far as I am concerned television is for those who can profit from it.

Firstly and most importantly, television is an immense resource of information on several subjects. To be precise, I find in television lots high quality programs: news form all over the world, facts, discoveries, disasters, cultural information, politics, and many others, which make that we always can be up to date to new events. Not only are in television well-made programs, but also some below criticisms. The goal should be to choose what is really interesting and worth watching, not be glued to a set, but take skilful advantage of it.

For another thing, if we only want to, we might find in television programs, which not only develop our interests, but also form our personality. As television has educational influence on people, showing problems and its solutions, teaching tolerance and promote good social behaviour. With time there develops a demand for new and better educational programmes, as develops people' needs.

Furthermore, when we do not limit time of watching, especially for kids, it may lead to real problems. Researches shows that children glued to the set for more than 10 hours each week are more likely to be overweight, aggressive and slower to learn in school. For that reason paediatrics discourage "screen time" for children under 2 and say parents should limit exposure to television to a maximum of two hours a day for older kids. Interacting with people rather than listening to...