Tv Addiction

822 WordsDec 16, 20064 Pages
In her essay, "Tv Addiction," Marie Winn compares "television addiction" to other harmful habits, and tries to convince the reader that heavy television viewing is as harmful as drug and alcohol, and it should not be viewed differently than other serious addictions. In fact, the most important factor that backs up her argument is her simplified definition for the word "addiction," which is " a tendency to overindulge in some pleasurable activity. (608)" However, thinking logically, we could see that Winn`s definition is too broad, and does not provide an efficient explanation for addiction. In order to clarify what a definition`s being too broad might cause, we can consider a more explicit example, for instance, a fallacious definition…show more content…
However, it is an obvious fact that, in real life, people would not refer to heavy use of internet or cell phone as addiction, so at this point, we should determine what a more complete definition of addiction would be like. According to Cambridge Learner`s Dictionary, the definition of addiction is "the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice, or to something that is physically habit forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma." Hence, we could argue that "being hooked on television" is not a genuine addiction since it does not destroy people`s health directly, but by weakening their ties to the real world and affecting their psychological states. Regarding its effect that makes people watch more once they start, we should consider that there is a significant difference between the feeling of desire for getting drug or alcohol, and watching television since what makes a drug addict want to continue getting drug is physiologic reasons while television addicts want to watch more because of psychological factors. Also, we should consider the level of severity of dependency when we talk about addiction since one of the criteria of addiction is the severe trauma caused by cessation of the addicted activity, and in the tv addiction example it is not easy to say that a "tv addict" can have severe trauma if he or she stops watching
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