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Negative and Positive Effects of Television

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 09:29 AM
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Television has attracted young and old viewers since “broadcasting began in 1940’s”. Throughout years studies have been made on what is probable to happen from watching TV. Recent studies have clearly proven that television doesn’t only have an effect on people as individuals but also as a whole. Television is known to have negative as well as positive effects on various parts of the world. Researchers traveled throughout many countries and found that in some cases watching TV has been healthy but in others it caused controversy.

Television today has many positive effects and influences on society. Television provides individuals with helpful information, different cultures, history, and of course entertainment. Researches have proven that television is a great way for kids as well as adults to learn any language. A research suggests that “Television was especially positive for children in households where English wasn’t the primary language and parents’ education level was lower.” (Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro). When families migrate from a different country with no knowledge of the English language, their access to TV can help them learn the language and the correct pronunciations. Speaking of children, many have argued that it only has a harmful effect on them, yet many argued that “Some types of television viewing enhance children\'s intellectual development such as educational programs for instance Sesame Street, Mister Rogers\' Neighborhood, Dora the Explore, and Blues Clues.”(Positive Television). Therefore if your child is exposed to proper television it can have a very productive effect. In fact Sonia Manzano, was born into a Spanish-speaking family, and she says that television “gave me a view of the world – it gave me sort of a sense of what it was to be an American and what that was about.” From watching Television Monzaro wasn’t only introduced to a new language but she also learned about the American way of life.



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