Television, a Waste of Time And Money

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Television, a Waste of Time

And Money

Television has become increasingly more popular through the years since it was first invented. In fact it is so popular that almost every home in America has one or more television sets. TV started when Edwin Belin, an English man, held the patent for the transmission of photographs by wire as well as fiber optics and radar, which demonstrated a mechanical scanning device that was an early ancestor to modern television. With TV sets almost everywhere in sight, a problem with not only the youth of America but also involving teens and adults has erupted. As the popularity of TV increased so did the hours watched and therefore, the rate of violence sky rocketed. If the hours of television exceed three hours a day the rate of violence both seen and committed increases dramatically. In 1993, the average child was watching 8,000 murders and 10,000 acts of violence before leaving elementary school (Hepburn 244-249).With

all the choices of premium cable, HBO and many others, it's not surprising that TV is rising in price too. TV has caused numerous acts of violence and the statistics are still rising. If the hours of television are slimmed to less than an hour a day the violent acts, will decrease. Many people watch television as a routine and everyday at almost the same time they will watch their favorite show or shows. Mixing television into your daily routine is not only bad for you but sets aside priorities that are more important like school work.

Television draws in Families every night

Almost every family in the USA watches prime time television (5-9 o'clock) on week nights and with 99% of households that own at least one television, there are not many families that don't watch TV on...