The Effects of Television on Society

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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). 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-...

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...e 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. 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.
8th ed. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. Boston: Mc-Graw Hill, 2003. 503-504
Winn, Maria. “Television Addiction.” The Mcgraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines. 8th ed. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. Boston: Mc-Graw Hill, 2003. 505-07.
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