In an article ' The Plug-In Drug ' the author Marie Winn discusses the bad influence of television on today's society. Television is a ' drug ' that interfere with family ritual, destroys human relationships and undermines the family. Marie Winn claims that television over the years have effected many American family life. Since television is everyday ritual, many American tend to spent more time with television than they do with their family and this result in unhealthy relation in family.
She also acknowledge that television destroy family unique quality that they carry, such reading, cooking, games, songs and other special rituals. The author claims television also destroys a human relationship. During free time instead working our difference with conversing each other, we are absorbed by imaginary world of television. Therefor we fail to interact through the real world leading to the ' distortion of real life relationship.' Television gives an escape root for people who need to be spending time on relationships with their family as well as others.
Because children have ' one way relationships ' with the television, they fail to fully develop their communication and social skills. This further intensifies the decline of the family relationships. Author also point out television undermines the family. Most parents are now relying on outside sources such as television, schools and certain summer camps to educated their children about life. Relying on these sources, parent have lost sight of the most important way to express love. Time spent with their children talking and sharing is replaced by time spent in front of the television.
But, for most part, author feel television is 'drug'; that is corrupting today's society. Many of us fail to recognize how it has caused the decline of family rituals, the avoidance of relationships and the destruction of the family. Our addiction to this daily habit cause us to escape the real world. Although Marie Win had her point, I tend to disagree that television is a bad influence on our lives.
Television does not destroy family value; it is us who destroy family value. For example parents who have little or no time for their children often substitute television as a baby-sitter and parents blame television as child bad conduct. But it is parents who should to be blame for the child's bad behavior because not providing proper care and guide for the child. Parents should set limitation and boundaries for themselves to cope with the television addiction.
Family matter should be their number one priority in family. Like all drugs television can be helpful in our life. Only if we learn to utilize television in a properly regimented manner will it enhances our life. It is wise to learn and balance or time spent at home.
It is wise to learn and balance our time spent at home, so we are using for positive manner. It is our responsible as parent to utilize proper way or manage the better use of television. In a dominant society full of television, we should not perceive television as an innately bad influence, bat as values resource and source of entertainment. It in our best interest not to criticize television as devaluing humanity and as cause for human isolation, but rather to take full potential use of one of our greatest invention.