Today, people of different races and generations become victims of TV addiction. Some people watch television because they want to be updated about what is happening in the world. They want to be aware and get connected with different people all around the globe. Nowadays, not only adults and teenagers, but also children, get hooked on television. Because of the busy world people are living in today, parents do not have time to take care and look after their children at all times anymore. Therefore, children have more freedom to do whatever they want, and in this case, watch whatever TV show they want – be it classified as GP, PG-13, or even R-18. It can not be avoided that children will see violent scenes shown on TV since according to K.D. Browne, an average of 20-25 violent acts are shown in CHILDREN’S television programs each hour. (Children and Media Violence, n.d.) Since, exposure to violence causes aggressiveness, trauma, and desensitization, watching TV is bad for children.
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Television is one of the most useful devices that were invented. TV has much use for many people but some of the people abuse it. TV was also invented with positive thoughts in mind – there would be no national borders, education and communication, it would be easy for the people to know what was happening in this world. However, there are some effects of television in the lives of the viewers. One of the effects of watching TV is problem in the eye. It is true that there are specifications for watching TV; TV should be 5 m. away from the eye and TV should be placed at the same height with our eyes. However, these do not prevent our eyes from getting tired if we keep watching TV for a long time and it can lead us to poor eyesight because of the radiation of television. Another effect is obesity; many people enjoy eating food while watching the TV because they said that it was addictive. Another effect is the application of the things that you see in the TV program, being exposed to violence is one of the example, people get violent because they thought that what they see in TV was good, most especially in the eyes of the children. Another effect is the addiction to television, I observed that TV has been addictive especially with the teenagers and the children’s, they cannot perform their daily chores, assignments and etc. Because of their addiction to television. Inventions are meant to be beneficial for human beings, if we know how to benefit from them. TV is one of such great inventions that need to be used for the right purpose only – being educated and entertained for a reason in a period of time. We can be safe from or at least reduce the effects of watching too much TV, if we just know how to manage our time and to know the true reason of inventing the Television.
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