More Than Just an Addiction
Marie Winn in “TV Addiction” explains the definition of addiction. She gives examples of all kinds of addictions like drugs and alcohol. She also talks about why some addictions are good and bad. She also talks about how and why television is an addiction. For instance, she said that television allows the viewer to forget about the real world and enter into a pleasurable mental state. The addicts feel that they should do something else rather than watch TV but most of the time they don’t (607-609).
I believe the term "TV addiction" is imprecise and laden with value judgments, but it captures the essence of a very real phenomenon. “Psychologists and psychiatrists formally define substance dependence as a disorder characterized by criteria that include spending a great deal of time using the substance (608).” Using it more often than you intend; thinking about reducing use or making repeated unsuccessful efforts to reduce use. It can cause giving up important social, family or occupational activities to watch TV and reporting withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it.
I thought that I was never addicted to TV, and I could turn it off whenever I wanted to. During my senior year in high school I would watch TV every night if I
didn’t have practice for the sport I was in at the time. I would never talk to my parents because I was so hooked on TV that I didn’t want to be bothered or interrupted while I was watching it. Finally, my mom came into my room one day and took the TV away from me. She said that TV was controlling my life and I was spending less and less time with the family.
I was very angry at first when she took away the TV, but after awhile I got over it. In fact, I started to become closer and closer to my parents. I began to have interesting conversations with them, and we were not fighting. I also started to tell them what I was doing and how I was feeling on a...