A long footnote clarifying changes in the way SAT scores are published today, as well as others giving sources of all statistics in this section are given on pp.
As time went on people began to sit and watch the television for that reason. Soon after came the development of sitcoms, and special programs which served as entertainment purposes.
Reading achievement seems especially vulnerable to the effects of excessive television viewing and reading, it is universally acknowledged, is the key to academic success. Another suggestive pattern emerges when noting the decrease is characterized by changes in the two extremes—fewer high scores and more low scores—rather than an across-the-board slippage.
Through TV we can be warned about almost anything from a hurricane approaching to the fact that the stock market is falling.
Through various news programs and documentaries, the television keeps us educated, and on the right track so that we as Americans are not left out in the dark when it comes to the current events around the nation.
They have stayed at about the same level ever since.
I must admit that there are both positive and negative aspects that come out of our televisions today, but I feel that the positive effects definitely outweigh the negatives when it comes to the importance of information, education, and entertainment for our society.
Others are a total mess. But that has never been my purpose. The television has become an important part of our entertainment today.
Juxtaposing the SAT scores of high school students during the last 40 or so years with some statistics about TV ownership and viewing times during those years, may help to answer all three of these questions. It seems likely that before they succumbed to television, their verbal and analytic abilities had been sharpened and deepened by extensive reading.
Television never seems to take precedence over human activities—conversations, games, leisurely meals, reading aloud—in this somewhat unreal family. People have been trying to find the answer to these questions for years.
This is why the television companies have adapted to meet the needs of the American people by supplying access to movies, plays, concerts, and the most popular sporting events. Along with informational and educational purposes, television serves as an entertainer as well.
And as the previous section indicates, numerous studies have shown a strong negative association between television viewing and school performance.
In her essay Winn explores the ways in which television has harmfully caused disruptions with the quality of family life, rituals, and values. The mid-sixties, when the decline in scores began, was when the first children who had spent their formative years watching TV—those who were about three in —turned 16 or 17 and took the test.
She recognizes there is a problem with our society and the way in which it is consistently influenced by television.While on one level "The Plug-in Drug" is a horrifying look at just how much television effects the lives of Americans, on another hand the author Marie Winn provides little scientific evidence to support her claims.4/5(28).
According to Marie Winn and her essay “The Plug-In Drug,” television has various negative effects on our society today. In her essay Winn explores the ways in which television has harmfully caused disruptions with the.
The Plug-In Drug 25th Anniversary Edition. She has also shifted the focus from the TV programs children watch to the negative effects of television on children's play, imagination, and school achievement. Although Winn pinpoints many key shortcomings of television, this study is not argumentative; Winn instead aims to stress the quality of.
- 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.
The Plug-In Drug: Television, Computers, and Family Life Paperback – Special Edition, March 26, She has also shifted the focus from the TV programs children watch to the negative effects of television on children's play, imagination, and school achievement.
Although Winn pinpoints many key shortcomings of television, this study is not /5(28). The Plug-In Drug: Television, Children, and the Family (, revised ) was the first in a series of books by Winn about family in modern society; this excerpt is taken.Download