Formal Writing Assignment

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Have you ever used an object so much it has been considered a drug based on your usage of it? Well, for about half of my life, technology has been considered a drug that I am very much addicted to. When you were younger, instead of playing with your toys and friends what else could you possibly do for fun? Throughout my life, I have been misused the privilege to having technology.

In the informative short essay, “Television: The Plug-In Drug” by Marie Winn, the author explained about how experts felt the television was meant to be facilitated and also how parents allowed the television to be the primary source of a child’s basic home experience. Winn

In my home, while at an adolescent age, weekends were basically full blown days wasted on technology overused/misused. Since the trend of cellular phone usage wasn’t available to me at the time, there would be days when my sister and I would either take turns using the computer or controlling the television remote. I would either watch television for about half an hour up to an hour before we’d switch. The jumpstart of my drug usage soon began.

My television usage had gotten to a certain point that I was actually able to memorize the words to recent television shows, commercials, and sometimes even music videos that I had watched. Wouldn’t it be weird to be as old as nine years old, but able to memorize lines that were said in a television show that you watched about 2 weeks ago? In the passage, the author expresses that the television damages a family’s structure, “By the domination of the time families spend together, it destroys the special quality that distinguishes one family from another …” (Winn 440). In my case, technology could’ve destroyed my family’s structure. My sister and I watched focused too much on television and computer usage that it became our only sociable activity. Also, the only interaction I had with my parents were usually whenever they’d take me which wasn’t too common. Yes indeed,...
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