Television: The Plug-In Drug

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18 April 2012 Influences of Television on Family Life Warnings of drug and alcohol addiction are seen almost everywhere such as on newspapers, in schools, and in public places. Moreover, those issues were discussed frequently to find out many methods to prevent teenagers from drug and alcohol abuse. Nevertheless, many people ignore another addiction that has no less negative effects as drug or alcohol addiction do. Although negative effects of too much television watching are ambiguous to be paid attention, Marie Winn, the writer of “Television: The Plug-In Drug,” is one of a few people who discovers the addictive behavior that has many disadvantages. In the essay, while television used to be a mean to enhance quality of family life in the past, advent of television, nowadays, is considered an important reason dwindling family life. The writer suggests that the medium fades united activities and emotional linking of members. Thus, from those erroneous impacts, Winn criticizes people for ignorance of the negative aspects of television obsession, and she also uses ethos and critical tone to persuade parents about the side effects of television addiction so that they change that risky habit. Winn starts her essay by claiming that people ignore the way television degrades family life. Television addiction is ignored because watching television every night is completely ordinary in families today. Since parents are tired from working and taking care of the household business, they fail to play any active games with their children, or sit down to listen to their spouses’ concerns. Instead, parents decide for themselves and their children to be inactive by sitting in front of television. The writer states that staring at the screens of the television sets is an uncontrolled routine, “when there is “nothing much on I really like,” they watch whatever else is on because
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