I still like watching television. But, I like reading more than watching TV.
The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don’t climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink —
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK — HE ONLY SEES!
‘All right!’ you’ll cry. ‘All right!’ you’ll say,
‘But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!’
We’ll answer this by asking you,
‘What used the darling ones to do?
‘How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?’
Have you forgotten? Don’t you know?
We’ll say it very loud and slow:
THEY … USED … TO … READ! They’d READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching ’round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it’s Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There’s Mr. Rate and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They’ll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start — oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They’ll grow so keen
They’ll wonder what they’d ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.
— Roald Dahl
Are you a bookworm or a couch potato?
Television is getting very(10x) popular. Nowadays there’s a wide range of TVs. There are 3D TVs, Internet TVs, plasma TVs, LCD TVs, LED TVs and more. Because of this, many people forget the entertainment of reading. Technology is to blame for children who don’t know how to read. They can grow up without knowing how to read.
Television is the cause for obesity in kids. The Heart And Stroke Foundation of Canada says that more than 1 in 4 Canadian kids are obese. Even adults can be obese because of television! The reason behind this is that when you watch, you don’t need to move, which causes lack of exercise, thus making you obese.
Just like what the poem says “HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!”, television lessens the power to do well in school. That’s the reason why several or more couch potatoes who are children get a grade of F or D in their subjects.
Why is it that we would rather watch TV than do chores?
Reader’s Digest conducted an experiment called “Television Addiction”. The results say that when we watch, a feeling of relaxation washes over us immediately, but disappears immediately when we turn the television off. Some people use the television as a de-stresser. Please don’t.
How come your children are becoming couch potatoes?
Children are always looking upon parents as role models. So if they like to watch, it’s possible that you like to watch. What do you do when you get home? Do you flop on the sofa, get the remote and turn on the TV and watch? If yes, change your routine. They will copy your actions when they grow up.
Why is it that people keep watching television?
Thanks to entertaining shows like How I Met Your Mother, Minute to Win it, The Amazing World of Gumball, and more, people are always tuning in to watch these shows or other shows, like American Idol, and Burn Notice.
What activities can substitute watching television?
1. Reading. This is a favorite pastime activity to do for many years. Why not go to the library and spend the time there? That would be great.
2. Board games. Chess,Scrabble, Word Factory and are some possible substitutes.
3. Physical games. Hide-and-seek, hopscotch and catch are just a few. Spend the time playing those with your friends.
4. Writing. You can buy a notebook and write anything. You might want to be an author.
I hope you want to make reading your hobby instead of watching television.