TOEFL Essay Topic 8 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television has destroyed communication among friends and family. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Television has destroyed communication
With the increasing population of televisions, they are playing important roles in our life. However, I maintain that TV has destroyed our communication among friends and family.
First, TVs attract our attention which previously is paid on communication. There are many TV shows like Talent Shows, Who is the Best Singer and so on. These shows are always interesting and last for a long time. Thus it is very likely that we spend several hours on the TV shows. However, we used to use the time spent on the shows to communicate with our friends and family. So the time spent on communication decrease dramatically. In addition, since the TV shows are always interesting, we would think about what will happen next time. As a consequence, we would be distracted from our communication with friend and family. Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that TV shows distract our attention from communication.
Second, TVs also reduce our ways to communicate with family and friends. We usually spend a lot of time with our friends and family on playing outside such as having a picnic or visiting the zoo. Things, however, are different with TVs. Since there are plenty of TV shows in different time periods. For example, Talent Show is played on Sunday afternoon, while the Best Singer is played on Saturday morning. With the strong will to watch these TV shows, people are reluctant to go out side with their friends and family. Therefore, the only way to communicate with friends and family is to sit on the sofa and watch the TV shows. We can see that with the decreasing ways of communication, out relationship are destroyed.
Last but not least, TVs also reduce the topics which are essencial for communication. People’s communication is always based on a certain topic such as the best food you like or the most favorable flowers and so on. However, since we spend too much time on TVs, we have no topic in common again. The only topic we have in common is the TVS. We spend some time talking about the TV shows. And then, we can no longer move on the communication fluently. In contrast, we usually had many topics in common in the past. We used to talk about how we spent our weekends. With this topic, we talked about the best places to have a trip, the most beautiful sites in our cities and many other interesting things in real life. Therefore, we come to the conclusion that topics for communication dramaticaly decrease due to TVs
In summary, TV has destroyed our communication in a large scale. And it is time for us to repair our relationship with other people.
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