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Television. In some ways television can be a positive influence on our lives, however there are many more negative influences than positive associated with television.

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Television In some ways television can be a positive influence on our lives, however there are many more negative influences than positive associated with television. One of the main positive influences of television is that TV is educational. TV is educational; it gives information on subjects teenagers are not typically interested in like politics, science, geography and history. TV also allows people to make choices; however most young people do not make informed choices they watch anything and everything. Soap operas, music programs and game shows are all the unchallenging trash to which teenagers are addicted! Not only do they view unchallenging trash they also view inappropriate sexually explicit or violent programmes. Parents have virtually no control over this, as most children have a TV in their own bedroom. R Research shows that 50% of year 1-3 pupils, who is pre-school age, have a TV in their own bedroom! ...read more.

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TV can broaden our perspective of the world and can help us appreciate and understand the difficulties faced by others. It broadens our perspective on race and religion because it makes us more tolerate of other people who are different from us. It also broadens our appreciation of the trials and tribulations of life like death, family conflict, relationships and teenage pregnancy. Television can make the audience empathise with the character who is paying the part. Despite these advantages popular programmes, like soap operas simplify and exaggerate real life, so that young people get a false impression of adult life. Many popular programmes also encourage intolerance and even violence and many people; particularly people of low intelligence find it difficult to distinguish fiction from reality. A lot of young people write letters to characters of shows especially soap opera characters. ...read more.

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One positive influence television has on young people is that it makes the family get together and spend quality time. Television encourages quality time with the family but most families do not communicate while watching TV as they are too focused on what they are watching. Most family also eat their meals around the television set, so they are not really communicating properly. Too many children spend all their free time watching TV in their bedrooms, which leads to laziness, lack of communication, obesity and lack of brain activity. All of these lead to poorly developed, unsociable young people. To conclude, overall it is clear that television has a negative influence on young people but young people clearly don't understand what harm it's doing to them and may not even care! Although there are some positive influences it is clearly shown that television is definitely a negative influence on young people. However I doubt whether this will ever stop young people watching TV! ...read more.

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