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Television Addiction Essay

1027 words - 5 pages

Everyone is familiar with the luminosity of a television and the silence that it breaks, the comfort of it. When people think of television they usually wouldn’t associate it with addiction. Television has been a popular past time for the United States since the 50’s, but it can hold some rather serious consequences. “Watching television has many of the marks of a dependency like alcoholism or other addictions” (Goleman); it alters the mind state of anyone who watches. Copious amounts of television are addictive and harmful to one’s health due to the dependency it puts upon people, the emotional relief it brings, and because of the many adverse heath effects it can cause.
Television has been relieving the stress and concerns of real life for decades. Many people turn to television for comfort and alleviation at the end of the day. Overtime, this dependency for relief becomes an addiction. “Compulsive viewers turn to television for solace when they feel distressed, rather than only watching favorite programs for pleasure” (Goleman). Television can consume and destroy the lives anyone who becomes entangled by its warm consolation; nevertheless television can also be rather advantageous to one’s health. It promotes learning, assists in constructing critical-thinking skills, and helps form social connections with friends and family members. This is especially true in children, who have just started the educational process. According to Katharine Fitzgerald from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, a new study demonstrates that “television programs are successful in broadening young children's knowledge and increasing their imaginations.” It is true that numerous television programs display positive impacts on learning and imagination, but most of the time society choses to avert itself from these positive programs. Overtime, society leans toward more violent and addictive programing, which in the end can lead to addiction.
Television creates a social dependency for those who use it as comfort. This is exceptionally prevalent in people who are lonely, such as the retired elderly or those who need disconnections from the anxiety in their lives. Rather than turning to friends and family, these people turn to television to mask the despair of their reality. “For some, watching television consumes their entire day. This is especially true of older Americans, who watch on average 97% more TV than any other age group. Those living alone or who are living alone or who are shut-ins often find this activity the only way to endure long lonely days” (Turck). Television has become a dependency for demanding families. Sooner or later, families get so use to sitting together watching television that they lose interest in doing any interactive or social activities together. A study was done at the University of Chicago researching families whose televisions had broken and had not yet been replaced. The results were...

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