Often times, a bad habit is dismissed as something that is simple to quit, when it is usually a more serious problem than one thinks. In Marie Winn’s “The Plug-In Drug”, she implies that television addiction is much like a drug or drinking problem, and is difficult to stop. The term addiction is commonly used in conversation to describe an activity or object that one excessively indulges in, not something that one is actually addicted to. Much like illegal substances, television allows an individual to escape the real world and enter their own mental state of euphoria. As one realizes the easy gratifications of viewing television, other everyday activities of life seem to take excessive effort. Countless people who are addicted to television seem to amplify their ability to control their time in front of the screen, much like an alcoholic assumes he can restrain his consumption of alcohol at any given time. Various announced addicts of visual entertainment have confessed that their lives have been unbalanced by their addiction and have often passed up other activities that lead to a sense of triumph. They simply conclude that nothing else is more desirable than television viewing, and many of these people feel remorse for their addiction. Pervasive television habits can lead to negligent sense of time and ultimately the deterioration of relationships due to the lack of communication. Heavy television observers are usually never satisfied with their viewing experience, eventually compelling one to keep watching the screen, beginning the never-ending cycle of addiction. In conclusion, every television viewer should limit their intake of watching the screen before they cross the thin line of innocent entertainment observing to an unavoidable dependency on television.
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