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Television: The Truth About TV

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Whether we want to face it or not, television is becoming a huge problem in America. 99% of homes have at least one television, with the average being slightly over 2 televisions per household. In a 6 year period, the average American will have spent one full year watching television. These non-productive hours has been linked to obesity, low self esteem, depression, ADHD, and exposes children to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and violence.

With the advancement of technology, televisions have become more affordable. The average household today has more televisions than people. Television is promoted as being a source of entertainment, a means of staying up to date on the happenings in the world. The truth about TV is that there are many negative effects of television. Excess television is not only hurting our children, but is also harming us.

Think about all the things you could accomplish without the distraction of television. If you watch just 4 hours of television per day. That is 28 hours per week, about 120 hours a month, 1,460 hours a year. If you haven't figured it out yet, that is two whole months per year wasted on television. At the end of the year when you reevaluate the accomplishments that you have made or the goals that you have not met, imagine how much more you could have done with those extra two months.

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Television and Television

Watching television is a sedentary event contributing to obesity. Both children and adults spend valuable time in front of the television and fail to get enough physical activity to remain fit and active. While watching television shows people often eat finger foods, snacks, and soda's which further contributes to the problem with obesity.

Television is flooded with advertisements, much of which are targeted at children. Toys, foods, places of entertainment, certain clothing shores all have advertisements to urge our children to beg for these items. Advertisers know that our children are our weakness, and their best pawns. Parents want to give their children the things they didn't have and sometimes find it hard to say no to their pleading eyes. Alcohol advertisements are common and plant our children and adolescents with curiosity about such substances.

Much of the content present on television depicts adult content, situations and language; all of which is inappropriate to the developing minds of our children. Children learn right from wrong through experience and what is accepted in society. The violence and sexual content prevalent in television sends the wrong idea and can desensitize children against violence. Programming displays partying, drinking, smoking, taking drugs and having casual sex in a glorious manner further supporting teenage belief that these things are acceptable. Parents now have the control to block certain content from their children, but do not always do this. If you do not agree that television needs to be restricted, the least you could do is discuss the programming your child is exposed to on television and ensure that they know the difference between reality and the fantasy world of television. Discuss that television is just for entertainment and that not everything should be believed, and not all actions seen on TV are acceptable in real life.

Television and Adults

Television programming and advertisements not only effect our vulnerable children, but also affect adults. Models, actors, and actresses are often small framed, flawless appearing individuals. This effects our minds. Here we sit eating chips and drinking soda becoming obese in front of the television, watching these gorgeous people. Studies report that television can cause or contribute to depression and seems to have a relaxing or tranquilizing effect on viewers. Marketing companies spend millions of dollars researching the best way to promote their product or service in order to get us to spend our dollars. We are naïve if we believe that we are immune to the persuasiveness of advertisements. It is obvious by the state of the economy that many Americans are living above their means. People buy unnecessary items every day. Many items can be borrowed, reused or recycled. Cheaper models or products can get the same jobs done but advertisements make us believe that we need all of the bells and whistles. Everyone needs to make responsible decisions about budgeting and finance; and the bombardment of advertisements are not helping.

Television and Population Control

There exists another belief about TV. Some would argue that television is the medium used by the government, as well as individuals and companies to control the people. People believe what they see on TV, yet who controls what is shown on television. We are seeing biased programming that persuades members of the population to think one way or another, support certain acts that are taking place, and spend our money a certain way. Television allows us to waste our time on mindless programming, thus preventing us from taking action and demanding the truth about what is really going on in the world.

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What Shall We Do?

Watching television can become an addiction to anyone at any age. What can we do to prevent this from happening? We need to set good examples for our children by limiting our amount of time spent watching television. Healthy boundaries need to be set with our children and within our families regarding television; such as no television during homework or dinner. Certain content should be restricted from being viewed or at least regularly discussed with children. Do not allow television replace reading the news, picking up a book, or doing research on the internet.


Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 15, 2014:

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Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

mikeq107 on January 21, 2012:

Quit watching It about 12 years ago and my Headache went away...great hub !!!

Mike :0)

suejanet on January 16, 2012:

Very well written and informative hub. Television is certainly a major part of out homes.

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