Many people think television has mostly a negative impact on their lives because television displays a lot of violence, gossip, and erotic things. They think watching TV will waste their time, disorder their thinking, and give bad demonstrations to their child. Actually, most people hold the wrong views about watching TV; it is beneficial to watch TV. Here are the reasons why.
First of all, there is the information that I can absorb from television. Daily news, for example, has a lot of information that I never know about and reports a lot of incidents which happen around the world such as America sends army and air force to Iraq and catches its president, by the way, we can learn not only information but also about different societies, cultures, and customs I can not learn from news such as some strange traditions of a small city that I have never heard in China or another small country in the corner of the earth. Although I spend my time on television but I get something more valuable and helpful than what I consume.
Secondly, there is the excitement that I can get from television when I am bored. There are many exciting movies on HBO, for instance, “Terminator I, II, and III” are very good movies to cheer me up. Many parents think that kind of exciting movies are too violent for their children to watch because they blame the movies for their children’s behavior rather than tell their children what is right and what is wrong; furthermore, parents and adults can watch “RoboCop” by themselves and they can enjoy the movie without worrying about their children learning bad things or violent behaviors from it.
Last but not least, there is the stimulation that I can bring to my brain from the television such as the show – Super Millionaire. This program is very popular not only in America but also in my country – Taiwan because people can join the game in their homes with the participants at the television station, and this can stimulate my brain by thinking about and answering the questions even I can’t really get the bonus if I got the correct answer. Moreover, I can call in the show to win the prize if there is no winner today; this kind of television program suits both children and adults; there is no bad influence or side effects.
To sum up, it is in terms of absorbing information, getting excitement, and stimulating my brain so that television has no negative but only positive impacts on my life. If I want to learn or know something by another way instead of television, I truly believe that I will spend more time and more money to reach my goal.
...Childhood television viewing has long been controversial in regards to its impacts on many aspects, including its educational purpose. According to Early Childhood Development (ECD), early childhood, normally deemed to be a range between birth and the age of eight (UNESCO), is a crucial period that one experiences rapid brain development, and is considered to be significantly influential in many domains including abilities to learn (World Bank, 2011). While educative programmes are suggested to be beneficial to children, content of non-educative programmes could have yet more negative effects. Also, while television viewing is in general blamed for its impact on children’s cognitive development, it is argued that the magnitude of the impact is essentially determined by time spent on television viewing. The essay will begin with an introduction of theories about child development and childhood learning, followed by a review on educational television targeted young children, and will then talk about to what extent does television viewing affect children cognitively, and thus negatively in their educational achievements. Finally an evaluation of television as a medium would be drawn. Television viewing habit is thought to be changed through cognitive developmental transformation. Cognitive development, also known as intellectual development, is in general explained as a...