The detrimental effect television has on our youth.
After a long, hard day of school and work, I walk up the stairs to my apartment. As I approach the door, I can already hear the television. I open the door and am not surprised to see my brother on the couch, hand on remote, flipping through channels. My brother could be crowned couch potato king. He watches television day and night so much that my cousins and I now refer to him as the Human TV Guide. He knows what's on at a specific time on a specific channel. He has the channels of different stations of different areas memorized. He could tell you what channel BET is in New York. He could tell you what channel VH1 is in California. He could tell you what channel MTV is in New Jersey. My sister has memorized practically everything there is to know about television, yet she has difficulty memorizing the multiplication table, and it’s all due to the effects of watching television endlessly. Television has had a detrimental effect on many young minds. Television has dulled the mind of an average youth. Youth today are accustomed to having their information handed to them easily. Given that reading involves too much work, many of today’s youth will hesitate to read. My brother dislikes reading, in view of the fact that there are words involved in that activity. It is also impossible for him to focus on a book because of the short attention span he has developed, and reading books just takes too much time for him. Television presents the world to him, a different world every thirty minutes, which holds his attention. This now leaves him with no mental work to do, except to decide which channel he would like to watch. Since watching television requires no mental work, the brains of the adolescents that watch television are not stimulated enough. This may lead to a slower learning process, which would then explain my brother’s inability to memorize the multiplication table....
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