Watching Tv Is Bad for Children (Argumentative Essay)

863 Words Nov 10th, 2012 4 Pages
Watching TV is Bad for Children (Argumentative Essay)

Today, people of different races and generations become victims of TV addiction. Some people watch television because they want to be updated about what is happening in the world. They want to be aware and get connected with different people all around the globe. Nowadays, not only adults and teenagers, but also children, get hooked on television. Because of the busy world people are living in today, parents do not have time to take care and look after their children at all times anymore. Therefore, children have more freedom to do whatever they want, and in this case, watch whatever TV show they want – be it classified as GP, PG-13, or even R-18. It can not be avoided that children
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(What the Researchers Are Saying, n.d.) It may lead children to be anti-social and not want to be out in the real world anymore. Children will think that what victims on TV have experienced will also happen to them. Most children also have a hard time distinguishing fantasy from reality that is why watching TV causes trauma on children.


Television causes trauma on children, otherwise, desensitization. They will think that violence is acceptable and just normal in society. According to Cline, Croft, and Courrier in their 1973 study, people, especially children who are exposed to media violence, tend to be less disturbed when they witness real world violence, and have less sympathy for its victims. (What the Researchers Are Saying, n.d.) Media violence will cause the children to overestimate their risk of being victimized by crime, believe their community is unsafe, and assume that the crime rate is increasing even when it is not. (What the Researchers Are Saying, n.d.)


On the other hand, there are also studies by Andre Gosselin, Jacques de Guise and Guy Paquette in 1997 that show that watching television does not cause viewers to be fearful, but even cause them to be happier and more optimistic about life. (What the Researchers Are Saying, n.d.) That may be true for some, but researches of Professors Singer, Slovak, Frierson, and York in…