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Television has a bad influence; it stops people from thinking and ruins family life Television has a bad influence

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No inanimate object can influence a person; it is what the person does with this inanimate object that can cause problems.  The passive watching of television has been scientifically studied and a person's brain waves are less active than if that person reads, for instance.  So, sitting before a television set for hours and hours is not as stimulating to one's brain as activities in which there is engagement.  And, as others have already stated, there are educational and informative programs which provide learning opportunities for people.  The greatest danger of the medium of television is probably on the news channels which present slanted reports whether on the liberal or conservative sides; also they do not always provide full coverage of issues and, thus, mislead the public. So, at times the television becomes a propaganda machine, especially if the viewer depends upon it for all his/her information. In addition, there are programs that are suggestive of immoral conduct which certainly are inappropriate for young viewers who may be affected by them.

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As in all things, this depends on the extent.  As Aristotle said, everything is good in moderation but bad when done excessively.  TV programs (even trashy ones) can lead to family talks about serious moral issues or problems that face young people today.  So it's an overstatement to say that it's all bad.

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While television can be less intellectually stimulating than other activities, I wouldn't go so far as to say it stops people from thinking.  That is a very extreme statement.  You might be able to find evidence to support the idea that too much TV is damaging, but I doubt you will be able to support the statement that TV stops people from thinking. 

I realize that some families tune into...

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