Christopher Travers
English 101
Date: 2/22/10
Paper # 2
Topic: Benefits of television
Style: (comparison-contrast)

Looking back at the last fifty years of television, we notice that it’s a lot different now than it used to be. Like it or not, it’s an inescapable part of modern culture. We depend on TV for entertainment, news, education, culture, weather, sports—and even music. Fifty years ago the programs were absolutely nothing like the shows we now have an interest in. The television wasn’t a necessity back then. It was a luxury only to those who could afford it. In our present society it is said that in a 65-year life, a person will have spent 9 years with their retinas glued to the tube. That’s 78,885 hours spent lounging in front of our television sets. Some people feel that the television set has a negative influence on a growing child while others argue that it can, when utilized properly, be an effective learning tool that can assist in teaching early childhood developmental skills.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents should discourage all forms of television watching within their children up to the age of two. The AAP also suggests that preschool-aged children should only view good-quality programs and not for more than 1-2 hours a day. They feel that some of the negative effects include lack of cognitive development by keeping the children distracted instead of exploring their world and reading books. By doing this they believe that you will become a passive viewer instead of an active learner. The AAP also strongly feels that your child‘s social developmental skills will suffer as a result of spending less time playing with others. This will cause your child to miss the benefits of peer group experience. Other “side-effects” include lack of nutrition and fitness, and behavioral and attitude changes.
One of over 4,000 studies that are currently being conducted on TV's effects on children states that the average...