Television: the Major American Benefactor

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Kendrick Morency Mr.Mastronardi English IV Period 1 November 1, 2012 Television: The Major American Benefactor Throughout history, technology has revolutionized the way Americans have lived. Some examples are the computer, the telephone, and motor vehicles. Arguably, the invention that greatly influenced America was the television. Being commercially available since the late 1920s, the television set had become commonplace in homes, businesses and institutions, particularly as a vehicle for advertising, a source of entertainment, and news.During the 1950s, television had become the main medium for molding public opinion. The television has been proven to be a major benefactor that has changed the household and family life of Americans. The television changed the life of households in America because since it is so popular, most percentage of Americans have more than one television set in their houses. The average American home has approximately at least two or three televisions. About 2% of Americans do not have televisions in their houses. Sometimes, there are more televisions in the average home than there are people. By the year 1997, there were approximately 219 million television sets in the United States. Also, the television has added a bit of community to the household. Another factor that has changed household life is the constant usage of the television in a home. Millions of people in America watch television. To be accurate, an average American watches more than four hours of television a day. This is because television not only offers resourceful and quick information to viewers, but also a variety of programs that almost anyone can find an interest in. Another example of change is that since a household usually consists of more than one television, there can be to access more specialized programming, and TV viewing may be increasingly

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