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behavior • influence • addictive
desensitization • sole
  1. My parents thought my friends were a bad on me.
  2. Nothing will cause a to poverty for me.
  3. His changed a lot when he started to go to child care.
  4. Better weather was her motivation for moving.
  5. These chips are really . Take them away from me.
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Mixer #24 Is TV a good or bad influence?

Is TV good or bad for people?

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behavior

Most behaviors are learned.

Our 'behavior' is how we act in certain situations.  Notice the following:

  1. The teacher didn't appreciate our noisy behavior in class.
  2. We need to be on our best behavior during the temple tour.

bad influence

Most people would say TV is a bad influence.

Here, a 'bad influence' means that TV has a negative effect on people who watch it.  Notice the following:

  1. Many parents believe hip-hop is a bad influence on their children.
  2. Corrupt police and government officials are a bad influence on young people.

addictive

Some TV shows are extremely addictive.

We use the word 'addictive' to talk about an activity we can't stop doing.  Things can be mentally or physically addictive. Notice the following:

  1. Smoking is extremely addictive.
  2. Good things like exercise can be addictive too.

desensitization

TV is a cause of a lot of desensitization.

'Desensitization' happens when we have less feeling or emotion about something than we did in the past.  This can happen because we see so much of something that it begins to lose meaning. Notice the following:

  1. Current research suggests TV desensitization may be exaggerated.
  2. Sorry, but TV doesn't desensitize me.  I know it's not real.

sole

I don't think TV is the sole cause of what's going on in the world.

The word sole has the same meaning as 'only'.  Notice the following:

  1. Too many cars is not the sole cause of global warming.
  2. Dirty factories are not the only cause of global warming.
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