Do you think watching tv has destroyed our communication with family and friends

watching tv - a family is wathing tv
China
October 24, 2008 7:05am CST
Nowadys,many people spend much time on tv at time.It's a good way for relaxing after they've spend a whole day on boring work.With development of morden society,work is more stressful and less leisurely.If we spend more time on tv,the time left for family and friends is less.So some people think watching tv has destroyed our communication with family. To some extent,it's right.But i think it's exaggerated.Weather it hurts our relation with family or not,it depends on the kind of viewer.Some people like to watch actions programs.They are totally attracted by programs and don't like to break out to talk something about the tv shows.But for others,they like to talk to friends and family about tv programs.And it's a good topic for them.So it's a good way for them to build relations with friends and family.
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16 responses
@aprces (1082)
• China
24 Oct 08
it still depends on what kind of programs you watched,about me,series shows will take me more time on it,so i don't watch it as possible as i can.but anything has advantageous and disadvantageous.are you in charge of yourself?
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• China
24 Oct 08
Well,it's hard for me .Sometimes when i am watching a very attractive serial show,i even forget eating and sleeping.
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@BubblyIan (751)
24 Oct 08
YES Most television is 'entertainment'. You sit there swithc of fyour brain and let it pour over you. You cannot talk to anyone whilst it is on and hence it does destroy the family communications. The advert breaks are not long enough to restore that comms. Yes of course there are a tiny feww good programmes which encourage discussion or make you think but these are overwhelmingly in the minority. Most of the rubbish - soaps, reality tv shows, movies are unidirectional rubbish. I got rid of my tv 4 years ago and feel much better for it. I get my news from the internet - I watch ewhat I want tow atch and read what I want to read when i want to read it. The prejudiced opinionated media has no control over me! Join me and fight back ! scrap your tv and set yourself free!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yes, but we need to be careful and not just switch one "box" for another (computer).
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@pravakar (54)
• Bangladesh
24 Oct 08
I agree with 'hongqistreet' that whether TV has destroyed our family communication depends on the viewer. Before you reach a decision you should bear in mind that in today's world everyone is busy. The working members of the family don't always come home at at the same time. even other members have works to do. So it is unlikely that you will always find other members free whenever you are in the mode for a chat.
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• China
25 Oct 08
Yeah,with the pressure of our work,we are much busier than before.The time we can spend with friends and family is less.If we use most of our free time on tv,there is only a little time left for friends and family.In this way,i think tv has destroyed our communication with family.
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@owstalaga (4550)
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
i think computers have become the new TVs. I don't really think TVs can damage communication and social interactions more than computers with Internet Connection. Almost everything is in the Internet that's why more and more people are spending time online than in real life. To answer your question though, i don't think TVs can destroy communication as long as there are still other times when the TV is not on and family time is spent on other activities to bond with each other. =) It also depends on how one uses the TV.
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@bryanski (497)
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
I don't think it won't. TV time is an area for bonding too. You can discuss about the TV program you are watching for instance. You can laugh together and be serious together. TV is sometimes a time when every family member could be locked in a single place.
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• China
25 Oct 08
I think it will bring up more topic if the program you watching is fit their taste. But if they don't like the program, you'd better not to watch it when you are chatting or do other things together.
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@Darkwing (21586)
25 Oct 08
I very rarely watch television at all these days, unless of course, it's my favourite English football team on there! That's not a rare occurrence either. I also like to watch World Darts, but other than that I don't have much interest in it. I prefer to read, or go to the pub to meet up with friends and socialise a bit. Brightest Blessings.
• India
25 Oct 08
Yes. I accept that watching TV will give the responses to our culture and It will affect the our communication with our family and friends. Because our concentration will be going to the TV and we will forget about our friends and everybody too.
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@lishiwei (1551)
• China
25 Oct 08
Yes,evrything have two sides.In one hand it maybe waste our time,on the other hand they can give the family a good topic so that they can talk together.But if they want to have the topic they should watch the tv that all of them could watch as they are not live in the same time!
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@wafujay (115)
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
I dont think watching tv will destroy the communications between family members. as long as the programme is entertaining and educating.
@kenchihi (121)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 08
I think it collects people. In fact, if it isn't for the television, I seriously doubt if I would spend any time of my life with my parents. Most of the time, I would be hiding in my room, studying or using the computer. It is only during television time, do we really come out and enjoy ourselves watching it. Sure, we don't talk to each other, but doing it together (watching television) does help make us closer. :)
• Singapore
25 Oct 08
Hi hongqistreet, i dont think watching tv has destroyed my communication with my familys, television has been around for a long time and i think watching televisions is a good way of communication for me and my family. we can discuss about the tv drama when watching and we have more topics to talk about definitely. Maybe it might not be the same for those who prefer to watch alone in there room though.
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@yenwie84 (1345)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 08
I have different view on this topic. I think television is a good mean to get a bunch of friends or a family to get along together and spend quality time with each other. When we are watching television in group,we will talk about the program,slowly we will relate our conversation to our daily life and at the same time we are updating each other. The time when we are watching television is a good time for us to create topics to chat about. Sometimes when we are hanging around at a cafe with friends,we might out of topics and end up sitting there and staring each other. I always think that watching television brings more benefits to us than disadvantages. Cheers!
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
in some extent it can really affect your time with your family. Now, not all shows are really worth spending time. I believe that you should try to make a shortlist of your most favorite show and make some special time with it. Reserved your week watching those shoes. Do not limit yourself sitting next to the boob tube. take some time to go out and socialize. and guess what, you ca already download those shows in the internet if you miss them. Downloading shows will give you more time to watch them. in this way, you can watch your show without compromising your family time.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I think you are right too. Last night we turned off the "box" and immediately the kids started to play with one another. We are definitely going to do that more often!
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@skysuccess (8880)
• Singapore
25 Oct 08
hongqistreet, I do not agree fully that watching television would destroy our communication with family members and friends. Albeit that the programs may be addictive and be distracting, it can bring certain lessons and values which we need in life. First of all, moderation is the keyword here. You need to recognize that watching television in the first place is both for fun and entertainment. Families and friends (sometimes) can sit in together and really have a good time. IMO television has taught children to share and be respectful, I remember when I was young my parents would watch cartoons with me and my parents would keep me entertained when those detestable commercials appear or the cartoons have ended. Then, they would switch the channels and watch other programs like documentaries, world news, entertainment programs and movies all of which I have grown to like to this very day. My parents had instilled the discipline, respect and the value of sharing through this wonderful thing which many has called a "box". I was taught never to switch the channels without prior permission as that would be rude. Finish watching the program you intended to watch, indirectly patience was developed. Be considerate of others preference, I liked cartoons more than any adult programs but my parents never lord over my interest. Instead, watch the program with me and kept me company, here it taught me about sharing and being considerate. And when I was preparing for my exams, there will be no television - even if my parent's favorite programs are airing. Huh! Talking about unity, esprit d' corp here and the much needed thing called discipline. So, as you can see television isn't a means to an end, but rather it is our addiction, ill discipline and other selfish reasons and doings that is causing us to breakdown and lack of family and friend times. I think in all matters there is always the need to have moderation and self control on our parts; for the neglect of such will only bring about lessons of a heavy price to pay.