Marie Winn makes a convincing argument that watching too much television can be considered an addiction. Television has become a way of life for most families. Television viewing is so overwhelmingly prevalent nowadays that living without TV is often considered an extreme deprivation. TVs are everywhere, whether you are in a hospital, auto shop, or in the dentist's office, there's always a television by the waiting area. It's a useful tool to help you from the boredom of waiting. Sure, people got other things to do and there are magazines lying around the table but people are more intrigue on what they see on the Jerry Springer Show. Television has been a part of most Americans' lives and many spend hours of their …show more content…
Prolonged users are likely to get depressed and become lonesome. Also, they try not to be seen in public when they are using.
Being on the tube most of the time prevents viewers from completing their goals or accomplishes their tasks. It can be detrimental to a person's intellectual development because it hardly requires brain activity. With comparison to drugs, it's proven that it kills some of your brain cells and it can dramatically decline user's creativity and imagination. With television, most viewers watch sitcoms or any program that has no educational value. Majority of the viewers just like to be entertained, only some of the intellectual people would want to watch the news or any educational programs.
As numerous studies have shown², most people who watch a lot of television are less fit and unhealthy. How might viewing the tube lead to being unhealthy? One reason could be called the "couch potato hypothesis" where viewers sit, immobile, watching a screen instead of doing something else that requires physical activity like reading books or doing their homework. People are likely to indulge themselves on fatty foods when they are watching television. They usually eat fatty foods like popcorn, potato chips or pizza. Most men even have a six pack of beer in combination with the junk food they are eating. The media can also