Television - Also it entertains us, it is an enjoyable way to relax. For many people around the world it is a source of companionship helping them overwhelm the difficulties of life.
Television has increased the popularity of sports and arts. People like live football games, many because of the commentator, football fans seeing and hearing everything that happens.
It has also made us aware of our global responsabilities. In 1985, per example, 1.5 billion people in 147 countries watched a TV pop concert and helped to collect more than 100 million dollars for people in Africa.
On the other hand televison can make people passive, we don`t have to think and our brain becomes lazy, making us “couch potatoes”. Unfortunately TV also encourages us to buy things that we don`t need (“teleshopping”). We shouldn`t trust everything we see on our TV because some products are way too expensive and really unuseful.
Televison gives some of us a false picture of society. A study in 1994 sustains that the people who watch more TV are more afraid of crimes and robberies than the others and think that there is more crime around them than there really is.
However some critics say that television makes people violent. A 10 year study in the USA shows that children who watch violent television are more likely to become violent persons.
So the conclusion is that we are dependent of TV, and the only way we can protect ourselves and our family is to carefully selct what we watch and try not to be influenced by what we see an hear
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