Last week, we shared some of our student writing from the July/August term. As always, you can see all of your writing students’ best work in our bimonthly publication, The Globe. Today, check out this research essay by Writing 5 student Vi from Vietnam. She examines problems caused by television.


What is television? It is the transmission of visual images of moving and stationary objects, generally with accompanying sound, as electromagnetic waves and the reconversion of received waves into visual images. The invention of technological devices in modern time has made the world smaller. Many people say that television is a great invention nowadays; however, I strongly believe that television is the worst invention of modern times because there are more cons than pros.

Television produces entertainment for everyone because the majority of people like to watch a funny show, cartoons, news, and interesting movies. In contrast, some people say they spend long hours sitting or lying on their sofas and even doing nothing instead of going out or just doing exercises. I think that television makes people lazy. It isn’t a healthy habit because you will not move your body and will also hurt your eyes. Kids who watch too much TV are usually overweight, according to the American Medical Association. Kids often snack on junk food while watching TV. They are also influenced by commercials to consume unhealthy food. Also, they are not running, jumping, or doing activities that burn calories and increase metabolism. Obese kids, unless they change their habits, tend to be obese when they become adults. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms this finding, suggesting that even just an hour of TV is associated with childhood obesity. In addition, children aged 2 to 10 who watch TV for more than two hours a day is 30% more likely to be at risk for blood pressure compared to those who spend less time in front of the TV (the International Journal of Cardiology).

Some people say that television has many excellent programs. For instance, Discovery channel is one of the educational programs that can teach us good things, but children don’t pay attention to informative programs. I feel that all the programs are not educational; some of them are harmful to children and even for adults. Children learn everything very fast and without choosing. In addition, Television may cause children to have difficulty distinguishing what is real and what is not. Some adults have the ability to choose what program they want to see.

They also sometimes are affected by some programs which show unreal things. TV shows and commercials usually show violence, alcohol, drug use and sex in a positive light. The mind of your kid is like clay. Therefore, television is the worst invention of the modern times.

Every day when you want to see what’s happening in the world, you just turn on your television and there will be a lot of information, such as if there was a robbery near your house or not. But, I believe that television desensitizes people to violence and bad behavior. For instance, the popular programs and movies now are almost including violence, bad behavior, and bad languages. These kinds of programs are made to catch people’s attention, but if a person often watches these programs, he or she will become more desensitized to these bad things because some people trust the stories or information which is made up on television.

In conclusion, television is the worst invention of the modern times because it wastes your time, tell you information that does not rely on, and finally television let you buy into useless consumerism. Nevertheless, people have to know how to observe the programs that are broadcast on television to distinguish which are good and what aren’t. It is easy to learn bad things than good things that are why I can say without any doubts that television is the worst invention of modern times.

Works Cited

  • “Childhood obesity overweight”. Huffington Post. Huffingtonpost.com. 2017. Tue.08 Aug. 2017. Print.
  • “Too TV raise child’s blood pressure watching two hours day”. Dailymail. Dailymail.com. 2017. Tue.08 Aug. 2017. Print.
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