The Pros and Cons of Children Watching Television Essay

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Television since its invention has come to be an influential part of the everyday life. The question that is presented now is if television is in fact a positive or negative factor in the lives of those who watch it. One side of the debate in favor in the usage of television says that television is something that can be used to educate and improve lives. The opposing side to this debate claims that television does little more than numb the mind and creates habits that harm the body. I believe that while television may have some positive benefits when put to good use, but downsides of television use outweigh any possible benefits as it can be detrimental to not only the mind but the body. The potential that television has to do harm is not…show more content…
One final study that analyzed the relationship between television and children is one by Madeline Zavodny. In her study she wanted to see if watching television for extended periods could stand as a detriment to the testing scores of that child. During this experiment Zavodny found that television does play into the test scores of the children that watch television, however television is not the only factor within a growing child’s life; other factors such as the number of siblings or the family structure itself play a role in the child’s attention to school. Now while the other factors are prominent in the child’s life television is the only one that can be directly controlled. Each of these studies do bring to mind the same question, why is that the one of the only controllable factor in a young adults life being allowed to negatively influence them on a daily basis? In each tested scenario may it be the self-esteem of young women, the test scores of a child, or the formation of stereotyping television has shown itself to be a known stressor in the issue, but why is it not being removed from the equation? Television does not only have the potential to harm the minds of children but also that of adults in ways that may not always be that direct. One example comes from a group of people that were on restricted diet proved that watching certain programing could influence certain actions. In this study the
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