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Television has Made our Lifes Better
Nowadays, television is our main source of news and current events around the world. It is indefinably the most popular media in society today. By watching TV,we are kept updated of the various events and dealings occurring around the world. It provides us with broadcasts of the news and weather stations and many more,therefore helping us not to be dropped back from the world of information. People need to be aware of whats going on around them and to keep on top of current affairs,and television allows us to do so.Without it we would be an outsider in society and totally cut off from the happenings in our local area as well as the political world(Palmer,2010). Not only this, but it helps us increase our feeling of humanity towards other people and provides us with crucial knowledge and information.This essay however will discuss both the positive and negatives roles television has in our lives today.Each positive aspect will contrast with a negative showing the different opinions.The essay will convey how television makes us more intelligent,assists us to lose weight,acts as a catalyst in the family home,provides us with knowledge how to do certain things and also how it is a great form of entertainment.On the otherhand we will see the downfalls television brings to society such as is it dumbing down our society?Is it making us gain wait rather than lose it?Are we abandoning are families to watch our favourite programmes or Is it just a waste of time?.These topics will all be seen throughout. Many people will agree that watching television makes people more intelligent for instance people that watch educational television such as documentaries,discovery channels,national geographic,science and history channels are very benefited, as it may encourage people who take an interest in them to make a career out of it.Educational TV does not only benefit adults but children aswel.Children can watch shows such as “Sesame Street”,”Dora the Explorer”,“Indiego go”,“Bear in the Big Blue House” and many more which entertain them and educate them at the same time.Several programs and movies reguire a lot intelligence to follow and understand,these shows are very beneficial as they get our brains working and encourage us to look at things in different ways.In other programs we obtain information which we may not have known before.From watching TV we can learn something new everyday.However, in contrast to television being a great advantage to our intelligence levels, it is also argued that television is merely dumbing down our society.We need only watch some of Americas reality TV shows and we can see why its effecting our youth.“A study conducted in 2005 and published in the Archives of Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine showed that kids who had their own television set scored lower on mathematics tests”Numerous other tests have supported this information to make it almost clinically proven.Its very important to encourage our youth of today to read and get involved in other various arts which will help them with their academic studies.(Leong M.D.,2008) Television is also very helpful in the form of excercising.When using exercise equipment such as an exercise bike or treadmill for example,we all know it can get very boring.This is where the TV comes in to play as it takes our mind-set from the running or power walking perhaps to that of the happenings on the television screen.We understand that reading is difficult because of the movement and therefore is less appealing.When we listen to the radio or our ipods, we are entertained but still our mind is not fully occupied as we have nothing to look at, this being the reason why the majority of gyms have televisions rather than radios.(Jennifer Wagner,2009) Another way in which television makes exercising a lot easier,are the exercise and workout videos which are available to buy.This way you don’t have to spend as much money on gym membership fees or a...
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