This is a quick writing assignment for students to do after learning about how excessive TV viewing affects the brain. This packets asks students to choose an experiment to conduct on friends and family members to see the impact TV has on their lives. Students are asked to hypothesize what will happen, write down what happened, and analyze the results.
Is it possible to become addicted to TV? Choose one of the following experiments to conduct and see how your family and friends act as they are watching TV. Come to class with your written observations and be ready to discuss the results of your experiment.
1. Observe someone watching TV for about an hour. This person should be totally engrossed in the program. Write down everything they do and how they respond to what they’re watching. Write up your findings in 2-3 paragraphs. Be sure to include who you observed and everything that happened. Try to connect the results to your knowledge of how TV affects the brain.
2. Find someone over the age of 13 who is totally engrossed in the TV and suddenly turn it off. Then start talking about something important and see how they respond. Write up your findings in 2-3 paragraphs. Try to connect the results to your knowledge of how TV affects the brain.
3. Turn on the TV in a room full of people. Stand back and watch almost everyone turn his or her attention towards the screen, one by one. Watch entire conversations dissolve as everyone starts staring at the TV. How long did it take for everyone to be fixated on the TV? Write up your findings in 2-3 paragraphs. Try to connect the results to your knowledge of how TV affects the brain.