Effects of Television


Television has a big impact on the way we spend our free time. It probably affects younger people more than adults, as they watch more TV.  Critics of television claim that TV takes away too much of our free time so that we lack time for other activities like family conversations, reading, getting exercise etc..

It also shows us a world that is not real.  Television often encourages us to think that the world is more violent than it really is. Through TV we perceive the glamorous life of people and believe that they are better off than we are.

Television contributes to our education and knowledge. Documentaries and information programs give us insight on nature, our environment and political events.

Television has a huge impact on politics. In election years, discussions, speeches and campaign news of candidates are broadcast almost every day. Political parties buy TV time to present their views and bring ideas to the audience.

Sports attract the biggest audiences on television.  TV stations pay enormous amounts of money to broadcast big sport events, like the Super Bowl, Olympic Games, or professional basketball, football and baseball. Because of television some sports have gained popularity and more and more people engage in them.





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  • activity = something you do, especially in your free time
  • affect = have an effect on
  • amount = sum
  • attract =  catch the attention of
  • audience = people who watch TV
  • better off = to have a better standard of living than someone else
  • broadcast = to send out television programs
  • campaign = a series of events that lead to an election
  • claim = to say that something is true
  • critic = someone who criticizes a person or an idea, or is against it
  • encourage = tries to make us think
  • engage = take on, do
  • enormous = very big
  • gain = get
  • get exercise = do sports
  • glamorous = exciting, fascinating, expensive
  • impact = influence
  • lack = do not have enough
  • perceive = see, observe
  • politics = ideas and activities that are connected with the government
  • popularity = to be famous, well-known
  • present = show
  • probably = most likely
  • Super Bowl = the final game of the American football season, usually played at the end of January or the beginning of February