TOEFL Essay Topic 84 - Some people say that the Internet provides people with a lot of valuable information. Others think access to so much information creates problems. Which view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
The effects of movies and television on people
In many years there has been much controversy over the effects of movies and television on people, espesially on the behavior of young people. As for me, I totally agree with the statement that movies and television have more negative effects than positive effects on the way young people behave. This essay will explore the reasons why.
First of all, violence on movies and television makes young people brutal. Children who watch explicit contents such as movies on murders are prone to use violence on somebody. A recent research from University of Michigan showed that sixty percent of young children who watched violent programs more than twice a week came to harm others and use foul expression than other children. The research concluded that the children’s nasty behavior is appalently affected by the violent programs.
On top of that, the number of juvenile delinquency is uprising and it is related to the contents of televisions. According to the statistic conducted by New York City Police Department, In New York, the numbers of crimes conducted by young people doubled from about two thousand in 1960 to about four thousand in 2015. During the same period, the numbers of TV programs related to crimes broadcasted in a year are also increased significantly. NYPD suggested that TV programs on crimes strongly affect the increase of youth crimes.
Finally, the mind of young people is sensitive and is easily affected by what they watched. This is because young people are less experienced than matured adults and thay are more suseptible to strong stimulus. I would like to cite my brother’s case as an example. One day, my little brother watched a movie and he was shocked by the story and images of the movie. The movie was about junior high school students killed each other in a small island. When he saw the movie, he was just a junior high school student and felt like as if it were a true story. For a while, he had a distrust for other children.
It is true that movies and television may have positive effects on the young people’s behavior. However, I believe the negative effcts surpass the benefit so we have to think of solutions to compensate. This is because some kinds of movies and television make young people brutal, increase juvenile delinquency, and harm young people’s mind.
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