The main purpose of the article “The Debilitating Effects of TV on Children” By Dr. John M Grohol, is that the more time children spend watching television, the more harmful it is. It is not only detrimental to a child’s education, but also socially and medically. Dr. Grohol believes that despite the negative effects television has on children, parents continue to allow children to watch way too much.
The three main arguments of the article are: 1. there is a definite correlation between children who idolize the television and how they perform in school. 2. The more time children and adolescences spend watching television; the lower their educational achievement level is by their late teens/early twenties. 3. The negative effects of television do not stop at education, there are also many health issues associated with watching too much television.
Dr. Grohol uses the following empirical evidence to support the three main arguments. In 2007 researchers at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons determined that when 14-year-olds watched more than one hour of television at “they were at elevated risk for poor homework completion, negative attitudes toward school, poor grades, and long-term academic failure.” When the same age group spent more than three hours watching television daily, they were at an even larger risk for “subsequent attention and learning difficulties, and were the least likely to go to college.
The American Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, in 2005 released a study saying that even after fixing the data so that family conditions, children’s intelligence, and behavioral issues that started before the study were taken into account; there are still many harmful effects on children and adolescents who watch television daily.
The University of Michigan Health System expansive website shows that the negative effects of television do not stop at education. The website reports that children who watch TV are liable to...
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