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Eliminating the Television

February 24th, 2014 by Sarah · 1 Comment

Do you remember when you used to go outside and play until dark? In the twenty-first century many children’s lives are centered around the television. They watch it when they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night. If I had the power to eliminate any invention in the world it would be the television, because TV causes kids to go outside less, TV advertisements encourage bad eating habits, and TV causes kids to have body image problems.

The first reason why we should eliminate the television is because TV causes kids to go outside less. In Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, he states something very interesting. He says, “Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community.” What does that say about how are kids are growing up in this world? Kids need to get outside and play. They need to use their imagination and play games with other children.

In addition to keeping kids inside more, television ads encourage bad eating habits. Picture this: The season finale of your favorite show just took a commercial break, so you’re sitting on the edge of your seat. All of a sudden, a food advertisement is played on your screen. The detailed, mouthwatering pictures of huge burgers and fries are now on your screen. Your mouth is beginning to water and your stomach is growling. This was just a scenario of what happens in many households. The television plays ads that make you want to eat food that is unhealthy. It’s just too hard to resist this roaring urge inside of you to go out and buy fast food.

The final reason why we should eliminate the television is because TV causes kids to have bad body image problems. Have you ever noticed that on television most characters are usually thin, fit, and flawless? Watching these type of characters on the television can cause some regular, ordinary, flawed people to get self-conscious. That is one reason why so many teenagers have body image problems. They think that there is something wrong with them. Body image problems can not only lead to depression but also eating disorders like anorexia. One of the main reasons young, teen girls are unhappy with their body image is because television shows and advertisements promote dissatisfaction.

Overall the television is just a bad invention. It causes kids to go outside less, the television encourages bad eating habits, and it causes kids to have body image problems. When Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the television, I doubt he thought his invention would lead to so many horrible things.

 

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Nana // Feb 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Good thoughts, Sarah — although I have a few other things for you to think about. The USE of television seems to me to be the problem. If parents/other supervisors don’t make the appropriate decisions about what TV is appropriate, then you’re right. TV is too often used as a babysitter for kids of all ages. Bad parental choices!
    The Olympics in Sochi were a wonderful broadcast. Also there are exceptional TV shows on PBS channels, History Channel, Weather Channel, etc. All TV programming just cannot be put in the same category as Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, etc.
    Another factor promoting all the problems you cite can be directly related to other media, especially internet sites, including so-called “games” & pre-teen “play” websites.
    I agree with you about the problems, but think the causes are much broader than simply the invention of television.

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