Note Making: How Does Television Affect Our Lives?

How does television affect our lives? It can be very helpful to people who carefully choose the shows that 8 they watch. Television can increase our knowledge of the outside world; there are high quality programmes that help us understand many fields of study, science, medicine, the different arts and so on. Moreover, television benefits very old people, who can’t leave the house, as well as patients in hospitals. It also offers non-native speakers the advantages of daily informal language practice. They can increase their vocabulary and practice listening.

On the other hand, there are several serious disadvantages of television, of course, it provides us with a pleasant way to relax and spend our free time, but in some countries people watch television for an average of six hours or more a day. Many children stare at the TV screen for more hours a day than they spend on anything else, including studying and sleeping. It’s clear that TV has a powerful influence on their lives and that its influence is often negative.

Recent studies show that after only thirty seconds of television viewing, a person’s brain ‘relaxes’ the same way that it does just before the person falls asleep. Another effect of television on the human brain is that it seems to cause poor concentration. Children who view a lot of television can often concentrate on a subject for only fifteen to twenty minutes. They can pay attention only for the amount of time between commercials.

Another disadvantage is that television often causes people to become dissatisfied with their own lives. Real life does not seem so exciting to these people. To many people, television becomes more real than reality and their own lives seem boring. Also, many people get upset or depressed when they can’t solve problems in real life as quickly as television actors seem to.

Before a child is fourteen years old, he or she views eleven thousand murders on the TV. He or she begins to believe that there is nothing strange about fights, killings and other kinds of violence. Many studies show that people become more violent after viewing certain programmes. They may even do the things that they see in a violent show.

On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on it using Headings and Sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Supply a suitable title to it. Make a summary of the above passage in about 80 words.

Answer

Pros and Cons of a Television

Introduction

  • Good for those who carefully choose the shows they watch.
  • Television affects life in both ways.

Advantages of Television

  • Increases knowledge
  • Shows diff. programmes based on study, medicine.
  • It benefits to native people for daily informal language practice.
  • It increases vocabulary.

Disadvantages of Television

  • Children watch tv for more than 6 hours.
  • It causes poor concen.
  • Kids only pay attention during commer.
  • People start comparing their lives to tv actors and believe that their life is boring.
  • They become sad that they are not able to solve issues in the same way that actors do it in short time.
  • They start believing that violence is okay.

Abbreviations

  • vocab. – vocabulary
  • diff. – difference
  • concen – concentration
  • comm. – commercial

Summary

The television affects one’s life in both good and bad ways; it is good for the one who keeps a check on what he watches. It, however, benefits because it increases knowledge by showing programmes based on study and medicine. It also helps people to do their daily informal practice of language and it also increases vocabulary. The disadvantage of watching television for children is that they watch for more than 6 hours which causes poor concentration. Kids then only pay attention during commercials. It affects adults negatively because they start comparing their lives to actors and say that life is boring. Violence is not so strange for them and they become very sad because they cannot solve their issues as fast as actors do.

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