Is t.v. a drug?
After a long, hard day of school, I trudge up the driveway to my house. As I approach the door, I can already hear the incoherent mumbles of the television. I open the door and am not surprised to see my sister on the couch, hand on remote, flipping through channels. I am now accustomed to this picture. My sister could be crowned queen of the couch potatoes. She watches television day and night, so much that my cousins and I now refer to her as the human T.V. Guide. She knows what's on at a specific time on any given channel. She has the channels of different stations in different areas of service memorized. She could tell you what channel MTV is in Blue Bell. She could tell you what channel USA is in New Orleans. She could tell you what channel TNT is in Georgia. My sister has memorized practically everything there is to know about television. Yet, she has difficulty memorizing her multiplication tables, all due to the effects of watching far too much television. However my sister is not alone in this, many youths her age have been negatively affected by watching far too much television.
Television has dulled the mind of the average teen, and this is because they are used to having their information passed to them through the media, or “Google”. Also, many teens do not like to read because it involves too much concentration. My sister hates to read, not only because there are words involved that she might have to actually look, but also because it is almost impossible for her to visualize the world described within the book. Television presents the world to her, a different world every thirty minutes, which holds her attention. This now leaves her no mental work to do, except to decide which channel she would like to watch. Because watching television requires no mental work, the brains of young adults that watch exorbitant amounts of television are not stimulated enough. This may lead to decline in ability to focus on real-life...
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