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The Waste of Television

February 21, 2012
By Behind-The-Illusion GOLD, Glenns Ferry, Idaho
Behind-The-Illusion GOLD, Glenns Ferry, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
"You only live once, so what do you have to loose."

Television is a waste of time and it’s slowly corrupting the minds of our youth. It can encourage teen violence, sex, drugs, inappropriate language, and bullying. Unhealthy lifestyles and low social skills are also a negative affect from T.V. The time spent watching television should be a small limited amount of time and more time should be spent outside and interacting with people.

Some of the shows that teenagers decide to watch are very negative and destructive to the mind. Dramas can put extra stress on the shoulders of our youth, and teens live with enough stress in their lives as it is. Teen minds are like sponges, they soak up their environment and act like the influences they are around. More kids are put through bullying today than in the past and T.V. has played a huge role in displaying harsh language and bullying.

A huge percentage of adolescents have started developing unhealthy habits in front of the television. Watching T.V. can really pack on the pounds when exercising is seldom and snacking is often. It has been proven that the more time a person spends sitting in life, the sooner they are going to die. Being active is one of the most important necessities of a person’s body; and why would someone want to abuse their bodies by obsessive T.V. watching? More time should be spent experiencing the great outdoors and developing real life friendships.

Everything with television and electronics have limited the amount of real-life social interactive. Television, texting, videogames, and the internet have all limited outside interaction. Life is about living each day throughout new experiences and when someone is bottled up in their home talking to people through these electronics, they don’t develop the same relations like they would face to face. T.V. has started brain washing the children of our future, and with every generation children and teens are getting lazier and lazier. Remember that television was a man made creation and it is not a necessity we need in order to live.

Despite all the negativity within television, there are a few ways it can be made into a helpful and handy tool. Depending on what is being watched, the mind is fed information. It is important to choose wisely in what is being watched because the information put into the brain is used in every-day-life situations. There is a huge variety of T.V. shows available for young audiences to watch, and if more educational shows are watched, positive outcomes will occur in the viewer’s actions. Even exercise is possible while watching television. A positive example would be watching T.V. while running on a treadmill. It’s a healthier and more productive way to spend time on television. With the right shows and conditions, T.V. is a wonderful tool for healthy mind development.

But in all reality, television is a waste of time within a person’s life and more time should be spent outside interacting with people and nature. T.V. corrupts the minds of the youth, contributes to developing an unhealthy lifestyle, and lowers interacting and social skills. People should step out onto the earth and experience what they are watching on T.V. There is always something better to be doing rather than sitting in front of a large box displaying colored motions.

The author's comments:
I am very passionate about informing people on the negative effects of television and other electronics. I don't have cable televisoin and I seldon watch television.

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