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It goes without saying that television is one of the greatest inventions in our century. With its help people are able to see the far away planets and even enjoy a direct broadcast from the space. TV makes it possible to watch the splitting of the atom, the birth of life, the volcano eruptions and even the earthquakes.
Its needless to say that TV has become part and parcel of our daily life. According to the poll watching TV is the most popular leisure activity in the industrial countries. Nearly every household has at least one TV set. About 80% of all the population is involved in TV.
Have you noticed that the first thing we do when we come home is the following: we switch on the TV set, which has become one more member of any family and even the centre of family communication. We discuss films, show and sports programmes, news issues and also correspondents image.
Our life is circulating around the box. We need to hear it non-stop, whatever is on. The TV voices create the atmosphere of not-being-alone in an empty flat. Whether we realize it or not, TV plays a very important part in our lives. There are a lot of reasons, why so many people can say that the TV set became the member of their family. The first and foremost is the informative value of TV. Frankly speaking I would have never learned so much about Great Britain or America but for the videos we have watched on TV. A single panel-game or a quiz show will make memorizing ten times more efficient and enjoyable. So TV is a blessing at school. Also we become better informed by watching documentaries, science programmes, discussions by learning about the most important economic, social, political issues of the day. We become more cultured people by learning more of the arts.
Television gives us the opportunity to travel without getting up from the sofa. We see people in our country and in other lands, and learn about their traditions, occupations, problems, opinions. We can also see great events which will pass into history. We can see famous people.
There are a lot of kinds of programmes on TV: News, Play, Documentary, Educational, Sport, Films, and it is important for viewers, because they can choose what to watch. As for me, I like documentaries and educational programmes. One of my favorite programmes is . This programme deals with political and social secrets of the past. Its aim is to tell about the problem, and then to give some versions of happened, so we can decide, which point of view is more truthful. A lot of historical documents, photo and video materials are used in the program. I like this programme because its very interesting and helpful at school.
Also TV helps us to relax after a hard days work and escape from reality. But we shouldnt forget that TV sometimes substitutes our nearest and dearest as it doesnt demand any warmth and understanding on our side. It steals us from the family and friends and makes us more indifferent towards their problems.
Besides watching TV is only one more illusion of living. It prevents us from thinking and acting. In fact it also damages our health. We are captured by TV nets. And our existence is limited by the frame of a television.
Some people think that television is a terrible waste of time. It makes us lazier. We stay at home instead of going out. We read less, we think less, and we even talk less. Many people do not concentrate when viewing so their time is largely wasted.
Also there is too much blood and violence on TV and it worries people. As George Mikes once said, TV teaches us how to kill, to rob, to shoot and to poison.
Its true that some TV addicts spend hours in front of the box watching whatevers on from second-rate Mexican soap operas to silly ads.
There is one more thing on TV that irritates many people it is too much advertising. A lot of products are advertised on television. The advertisements show their advantages and try to convince people that they are of excellent quality. Although some of them are amusing, colorful, pleasant to see, and famous stars of the cinema, theatre and sports appear in them, I think they occupy too much of the screen time.
So, as you see, its rather difficult to say, if television is a blessing or a curse and a time waster. In my opinion, TV is my friend and my enemy at the same time. The trick is to use it carefully. I shouldnt afford it to switch me out of my own life.