Cookies Or Heroin

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Cookies-or-Heroin? Is television as addictive as Heroin or Alcohol? Some consider over- indulging in television as a serious addiction along the lines of such. Marie Winn’s “Cookies or Heroin” article talks about the dangers of television and the effect it can have on someone’s life, often causing viewers to neglect aspects of everyday life, simultaneously making them unaware of their addictions and implies that the addiction is akin to that of alcoholism or heroin. In my opinion television addiction is just not that serious. Lack of television does not take the same physical toll on a person’s body as does alcohol or heroin. Although television and heroin addiction do have some things in common, the seriousness of television addiction cannot be compared to heroin. Like heroin, television addiction can lead to lack of sleep, impeded depth perception (after staring into a two-dimensional box for a prolonged period of time) and can serve as an escape from reality. However, because heroin is composed of a crystalline compound derived from morphine, (making it the strongest addiction known to man) consumption of the drug is followed by euphoria, drowsiness, an extreme tolerance for pain and impeded visual depth perception. Just hours after consumption heroin users begin to have an insatiable craving for the drug…show more content…
What is associated with over-indulgence in alcohol (i.e. black-out spells, and temporary depression from hangovers) is not associated with over-indulgence in television. A person losing track of time while watching television is temporarily distracted on a voluntary mental basis, as opposed to the person under the influence of alcohol, who has no sense of time because his or her brain is drowned by a mind altering substance. Watching too much television does not lead to black-out spells and does not cause temporary

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