the effect of Television to our children.

did you know that 99% of household possess at least one television, and the average U.S household has around 2.24 television sets. according to the A.C Nielsen Co. the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day; thats 28 hours a week, or 2 months of non stop TV watching per year. Meaning if a person was to live till the age of 65, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the Television. Researchers for years have studied and demonstrated that long hours spent on television can lead to serious health consequences. People have become addicted to television, and the American medical community has voiced its concern on this issue.

the average child will watch 8,000 murders on television before finishing elementary school, and by the age of 18, the child would have seen 200,000 acts of violence including 40,000 murders on television. With that, the parents are spending less time with their children. Parents these days spend no more than 3 hours with their children a week. Where as children watch over 1680 hours a week. Could it be that television is replacing parenthood? or day care? It has been proven by the A.C Nielson, 70 percent of daycare’s use television to educate or to keep children busy.

Television, is taking over our lives and our spare time. Technology and corporations are becoming manipulating, leading towards a more aggressive and inpatient and less educated generation. over 35 billion dollars are spread on advertisement with channels devoting almost 40 percent of there television time on advertising.

We have undoubtedly become a visual society, and this is likely due to television. In his book, The Empire of Mind, Strangelove states, “Being so entrenched in the visual logic of television we have dismissed words, particularly the humble speech of the unwashed masses as being of no import.” We have no time for spoken interaction, or quality time: only time to watch murders and commercials: sit and stare with glazed over eyes.


By: Mayse


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