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Saturday, May 10, 2014

30 Minute Essays: Does Television Have a Negative Influence on Society?

Television is one of the society's most popular ways to relax. After a long day at the job, nothing beats jumping on the couch and watching a favorite show recorded on the DVR. Like all forms of entertainment however, it has received plenty of criticism. Some people become 'couch potatoes' because all they do is watch TV. There's also the popular stereotype of kids who do nothing but watch TV all day. Does television have a negative impact on society? It most certainly does, as with all forms of entertainment.

Back in your parents' day, television didn't have that much negativity. Bloody violence was rare, and everything wasn't as sexualized as it is today. (You can't go a day without seeing a commercial appealing to the latter.) Programs that would have aired at 2 am in the 70's air at 9 pm today. Like all forms of entertainment, television can yield some deadly results.

Television is at heart just a form of entertainment. If a person is wise enough to monitor how much time he or she invests in watching programs, it can be a great way to relax. There are plenty of great programs for all ages to check out. Sadly, while cartoons were once written with care, today most of them are quite mindless. This most certainly can have a negative effect if a child absorbs himself or herself too much into it. A careful parent would be wise to monitor TV watching.

Television is however one of the greatest ways to stay up to date with world news. It has many ways to educate a person, such as the food channel showing the viewer how to prepare a certain dish. It also has channels such as the Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian-based channel with sermons and Godly-based material airing around the clock. While it's easy to note all the negative influences television can have, it's important to mention all the positive influences it can have too.

Television does have a negative influence on society. This is nothing new, because all forms of entertainment do. Video games, movies, music, and books all can have negative influences. If carefully regulated however, each of them can yield great benefits. A careful person would want to watch what he sees, and regulate the amount of hours he or she will spend daily on the TV. Only then can a person truly enjoy and benefit from television.

These 30 minute essays are short writings for practice for my College Composition exam, I call them '30 minute essays' because I have a time limit of 30 minutes to write a response to the topic question.

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