A lot of people are
fond of watching TV. Others say that television is becoming a national disease.
Every day millions of people watch TV
and find it the best way of entertainment. Why is television so popular?
Personally, I spend at least two hours a
day watching TV. Thanks to television, I can learn about the latest
international and local events, I "travel" all over the world and
broaden my mind. Television gives me food for thought, introduces me to new
ideas and activities. There is always a great variety of programs on TV: news
and sports programs, talk shows and TV games, documentaries and feature films,
concerts and theatre performances. Besides, there are a lot of excellent
educational programs for children and teenagers. They help them improve their
knowledge, transfer them to different places and develop their imagination and
However, there are a lot of silly
programs and commercials on TV which stuff our heads with nonsense. Some people
don't choose what they watch and they are glued to the screen the whole days.
Watching television can be addictive as well as smoking or drinking coffee.
This fact lets some people affirm that television is becoming a national
disease. The other problem is that there is too much violence on TV. Every day
we are reported about natural disasters, murders and robberies. We watch hits
where people are killed before our very eyes. It dulls our sensitivity and
makes us aggressive.
To conclude, it's up to you to decide
what to watch and how much time to spend in front of the TV-set. All in all,
television can be very dangerous when it is misused. That is why it is very
important to choose programs that we watch very carefully and to limit our
Some parents allow
their children to watch TV the whole days, while other parents are worried
about the negative influence of television on children's physical and mental
A lot of parents still don't know how
television influences children's health and development. Is it all right to let
children watch TV as much as they want?
In my opinion, it's not right that some
parents use television as a babysitter in order to keep their children quiet.
Besides, many of them don't care what films and programs their children watch.
As a result, boys and girls watch hits, commercials, soap operas and programs
which are not intended for them. As experts point out, television delays
children's speech development. What is more, a lot of adults complain that they
can't get their sons and daughters to leave the TV-set when they want to play
with them or to take them to the zoo. Nowadays some children are so addicted to
television that they are not interested in anything else: they don't read
books, communicate with grown-ups and other children. They move less, speak
less and they even think less. As a result children are becoming passive, lazy
However, television has some advantages
as well. There are a lot of good cartoons and feature films for children on TV.
Besides, there are excellent educational programs and programs designed for
schools. They help children broaden their mind, transfer them to different
places and develop their imagination and creativity.
To some up, if a child's parents are
clever enough, they will choose carefully what their son or daughter watches.
It is very important to limit children's viewing time. Boys and girls should
understand that there are a lot of other interesting and useful things to do
besides watching TV.
Many people watch
soap operas because they find them enjoyable and realistic. Others say that
watching soap operas is just a waste of time.
I have always wondered why there is so
much talk about soap operas. Most people either like or strongly dislike them.
Personally, I don't watch soap operas. I
find them absolutely uninteresting and totally boring. As a rule events unfold
rather slowly and sometimes actors' performance leaves much to be desired. Some
soap operas have been running for several years. If I have some free time, I'd
rather read a book, listen to music or go for a walk with my friends. I think
soap operas are aimed at housewives and pensioners who have much spare time.
To my mind, people who are fond of soap operas find their own lives rather
boring. If a person's life is full of interesting events, he or she will hardly
have a desire to spend hours in front of the TV-set watching other people fall
in love, quarrel, separate and so on.
However, a lot of people say that
watching soap operas gives them an opportunity to relax, to experience the main
characters' feelings and to plunge into exciting adventures. People who like
soap operas try to see every episode. And later they discuss what happened to
their favourite characters with their friends or colleagues. Thanks to soap
operas, they can learn about the lives of rich and glamorous people. Besides,
watching soap operas is the best entertainment for old and disabled people who
are confined to their homes and who lack communication.
To conclude, it is up to you to decide
whether to watch soap operas or not. Anyway, tastes differ and what is
interesting to you may seem totally boring to other people.
Some people are fond
of reality TV shows, while others are against them.
Nowadays there are a lot of television
programmes that put ordinary or famous people in different situations, film
them over a period of weeks or months, and let the viewers watch what happens
every day. Reality shows now dominate the TV schedules, but different people
have different attitude to these programmes.
Personally, I think that watching
reality shows is a waste of time. Most of them are boring and stupid. I don't
care about celebrities eating bugs or police officers chasing after stolen
cars. To my mind, there are too many reality shows on TV and all of them are
exactly the same. What is more, reality shows have become more personal and
even humiliating. They are full of awkward situations and they make people do
silly things to please the masses. So I'd rather watch a good movie.
However, millions of people love
watching reality shows. They say reality television gives ordinary people a
wonderful opportunity to become national celebrities, at least for a short
period. For some people watching reality shows is a great way to pass the time
and they consider these programmes to be rather funny. Some viewers are
addicted to reality shows and watch them for hours. But I think it is better to
worry about your own life than the lives of other people.
In conclusion, I would like to say that
television should give us food for thought, and introduce us to new ideas and
activities. As for reality shows, they stuff our heads with nonsense.
Some people say that
television, radio and newspapers have changed our lives for the better.
However, others believe that the mass media has more disadvantages than
Nowadays the mass media actually rules
the world. It has a lot of power because its tool is information and its aim
is to make information available to ordinary people.
Personally, I can't imagine my life
without newspapers, radio and television. They inform us of what is going on in
the world and give us wonderful possibilities for education and entertainment.
On every news-stand there are dozens of newspapers for businessmen, children
and teenagers, sports fans and so on. To my mind, you can always find a
newspaper which suits your interests. Television is the main source of news for
millions of people. It gives us an opportunity to "travel" all over
the world. Besides, it helps us relax and escape from reality As for the radio,
I like listening to it in the car, in the open air, or when I do something about
On the other hand, newspapers, radio and
television often inform us of dramatic events. Many people say it makes them
feel depressed. One more disadvantage is that the media spreads gossip about
different celebrities and their private lives. What is more, newspapers,
television and radio have become major advertising media. Advertisements and
commercials make people buy a lot of useless things. Moreover, they can be
harmful. For example, cigarette or beer advertising can increase the consumption
of these goods and cause problems with health.
To conclude, it is still an open
question if it is good or bad that the media moulds public opinion. Anyway,
I'm sure that people should not believe everything they hear, see or read