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    How do movies or television influence people’s behavior? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
    Movies and television are very much part of our daily life and so they have a tremendous influence on our behaviour. The reason is that we try to associate with what we see and search for similarities between these characters and ourselves.

    We come across many stories in movies which are influenced by real life situations. However, the latest phenomenon that has been observed is that of life being influenced by Movies or television. There have been incidents in the last few years, of kids in some U.S. schools who opened fire within their school campus, while trying to imitate some action movie stunts. Also, research shows that violent behaviour among kids is increasing because of movies and television.

    "Excess of everything is bad." Thus, too much of television and movies is also bad for us, this is specially in reference to "couch-potatoes" and "movie-buffs." That's because the aim of a movie is to complete a story within a short span of 2 hours. Because of this constraint, it is packed with lots of exaggerated emotion, drama, action and comedy. However, such sudden change in emotions has an adverse effect on human mind leading to depression and realted disorders.

    However, we should not forget the brighter side of these media and their good influence on us. If used in a proper way, they can act as very good knowledge resources. Nowadays, world's Democratic nations are using this media to create awareness and also as a link between the government and common man. An example to prove this is that the government election process in Kashmir(India) is being closely monitered to convice people about it's transparency and increase their faith in their elected government. And television has an important role to play in this.

    Therefore, we can conclude that with the increasing presence of television and movies in our lives, we cannot escape from their influence, whether good or bad.

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    I am shocked, I am impressed... Undoubly I give you 6.0!!!
    Super interesting ideas. Good grammar (I have noticed some mistakes, but it's almost nothing). Maybe your organization could be better (do you know something about topic sentences? and you conclusion is a bit too short).
    I don't know maybe others will say something bad about it, but I surely like it.

    That's the way! Good luck, Renata

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    I was almost disheartened by "I am shocked." I am happy that you liked it. Any particular suggestions regarding organization?? Probably a sentence change would help. Do tell me. And what about topic sentences? I didn't get you.
    I agree the conclusion is short. And this is always a problem. Infact i dont see a better way to conclude than to reiterate the topic. any suggestions on that would be a great help for me.

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    Hello!

    I was almost disheartened by "I am shocked."
    I'm happy I scared you

    And what about topic sentences? I didn't get you.
    I agree the conclusion is short. And this is always a problem. Infact i dont see a better way to conclude than to reiterate the topic. any suggestions on that would be a great help for me.
    Well, it's a very long story about topic sentences, but I'll try to help you.

    First off all, your essay should have a thesis statement (in the intro). It should tell others what story you are going to tell. For example: topic 72 (dormitory and choosing a roommate), thesis statement 'Since I do not get along well with manu people, I prefer to choose my own roommate' or 'In the past, I've often been pleasantly surprised by chance encounters; therefore I would rather the university make my choise of a roommate'. Thesis statements usualy go at the very end of an intro. Your body paras will explain your thesis statement.
    Next thing, every body para should begin with a mini thesis statement, which is called topic sentence. Topic sentences should support your thesis statement and supporting details should support topic sentences . For example: topic sentence 'Exercises are good for your health', supporting details 'blood circulation, strong muscles, etc.' or in your essay the 3rd para's topic sentence: However, tv and movies also have some advantages. (in fact, your sentence is ok too)

    I know it's difficult, but noone actually cares a lot about it. Just make sure you wrote something like topic sentences and it will be fine. For example, the 1st para doesn't have one (I tried to create it, but failed...) and it's not good, but other body paras have topic sentences (they are so-so) and it's ok.

    About the coclusion... Huh... It's really hard. I mysefl don't know how to end it. But one thing I know I must write at least 2-3 sentences. Less is bad.

    HTH! Renata

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    Okay, one last time. This is dstrauber's (Daniela's) essay. She passed the TOEFL a while ago, so you don't need to comment on the essay. I'm putting here as a sample only.



    Hello everyone !!!

    Topic no. 7 : How do movies or television influence people's behavioour ? Use reasons and specific details to support your answer.

    Movies and Television have influenced people's behaviour. People want to look up to their role models and superstars, and borrow from their way of dressing, way of life. Over the years, movies and television have influenced the way people act , react , speak , sense of humour, and in the way they express their feelings . In the lines below ,I will use reasons and specific details to support my answer .

    Movies and television have influence people's way of dressing. Role models like fashion models, singers, or actors are an example for people's way of dressing or even hairstyle. For example, many teenagers would dress in jeens like the one's Britney Spears had, or they would buy a product just because that superstar wear it . Furthermore , if we look to a big example like Marilin Monroe . How many women die their hair in blond just because Marilin Monroe was blond and succesfull . What we see in television and movies influence our behaviour in many ways positive or negative .

    If we are to discuss how television and movies influence people's way of acting and reacting we can offer lots of examples . People 's way of act and react to things are influenced by what they see in movies or television. Let's just look to the "Flower Power" ,the Hippies in the 70 'es . In the 70'es, people have a certain way of dressing and acting, they would listen the same music, the would watch the same subjects and they would live in the same way. Romantic movies make us to think more about love so we behave different , other movies teach us important lessons about life,and then, we tend to be better persons .

    Television and movies have a big impact in the way that we speak. People take ideas from what their role models say and they immitate them . Human beings want to be interesting and famous , so talking like somebody famous makes them interesting too . In all our lives we tend to reach our goals, we want to be someone famous we love to succed. By looking up to someone famous and borrow some of his/her behaviour, some people reach the goals that they have never achieved .

    Television is a very powerful means of communication ,and by it's power influence in many ways people's behaviour . Sometimes in a positive way , sometime in a negative way , depends on each of us what we pick up from television and movies and add to our behaviour.
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    Originally posted by Erin Billy

    How do movies or television influence people’s behavior? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.

    I consider that television, generally speaking, influences all of us a great deal. There are two facts to consider, television is a segment of huge importance in any society and it influences our social and professional activities.


    Firstly, television has a tremendous impact on people social lives.
    Since television breakthrough, people do not interact as they used to do anymore, they tend to spend more time indoors and this affects their capacity to relate to each other. For example, nowadays some of us do not go to the cinema, instead we prefer watching a movie at home and this definitely does not help broadening our social circles.

    Secondly, people are often manipulated through the broadcasted information. Unfortunately, in the world we still find dictatorship, where television must obey the governmental dispositions on which program should or should not be broadcasted. Therefore, by displaying only certain information via such a powerful mean of communication, people are manipulated and brainwashed.

    Fortunately, television can have educational purposes. If we think about channels like discovery, animal planet and several others, we must agree that we can achieve more knowledge easier, since is scientifically proved that when people are associating visual contact with the information that they receive, they tend to memorize better and faster. In addition, sometimes we are intrigued by science fiction movies that are broadcasted, and watching them stimulates our imagination.

    Television influences our lives or our behavior in many ways. I think that we should maintain a balance concerning time spent in front of a TV per day. Too much time spent in front of the TV can have a negative influence on our social lives, and not watching TV at all can keep us away from important news or pieces of vital information, facts of life broadcasted live, or through documentaries, that can broaden our intellectual horizon.


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    How do movies or television influence people behavior? Use reasons and
    specific examples to support your answer.

    People sometimes talk about the influence of movies or TV. With regard to
    this issue, I have the opinion that both TV and movies produce much influence
    on people's behavior through imitation psychology. Let's take a more detail
    look at this.

    More than anything else, dramas and movies cause people to act like the
    protagonists in them. All of the people have a tendancy to imitate the hero
    or heroine whether their actions in the dramas or movies are good or not. For
    example, a boy who lived in Gwangju set a fire in neighbor's house a few
    years ago. He answered to the policeman who asked him to why he ignited that
    he just saw it in some movie. In this manner, a good or evil deed in the
    movie always has a risk that a person who watching it follows it.

    The second thing that i'd like to mention here is that advertisements urge
    people to buy unnecessary items. To earn money, many companies make
    exaggerated advertisement and tempt people to buy their products. In many
    advertisements, they usually overstate the functions of products or tell
    a lie. In this respect, people must be careful before buying any products.

    In conclusion, TV or movies produce much influence on people's behaviors.
    These influence exploit the people's imitation psychology and these
    psychology is shown to us by a boy who following a movie hero or a person
    who is seduced into buying unnecessary products by exaggerated advertisements.

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    Originally posted by Erin Billy

    How do movies or television influence people’s behavior? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
    Please feel free to comment on my essay and help me improve it...

    Today movies and television are not only the source of entertainment but they are also great source of information. There would be very few people, specially children, who do not watch television at all. This has become part of our daily activities and although we don't realize it, but media, like televsion, is influencing us alot. Most of this influence is positive.

    Television and movies have made it easier to bring changes in people's behavior towards each other. Programs and documentries like "Today's Woman" and "Woman's right in eastren world" has changed the way women were treated 40 or 50 years ago, today men consider them equally capable of doing things and deserving rights.

    Meida has also changes peoples attitude and behaviour towards Special People by eduacting that they are not not disable population of the society, instead, if given opportunities they can be equally beneficial for the sociaty. Due to change in behavoiur, today special people are loved and respected by general public.

    Televeision has changes people in a way, that today people are more open towards changes and they show greater acceptance for other people, whether they are from their own society or from other parts of the world. Documentries and television has tought people that no culture is bad it is just the way of living and one should learn to respect it. If a tribe is living in a forest and they do hunting, it is not that they are against wild life, it is because this is their way of living and they have to hunt to eat.

    With all these reasons that television and movies are bringing good changes in people's behavior. Today, due to the better exposure to infomation through television people are more open to think and respect each other.


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    Television is one of the greatest inventions of the last century. Television has become a part of our life and movie’s heroes our examples of people whom we would like to be. Television and movies influences society in many different ways.

    First, television educates people. Television contains much information that is easier to absorb than, for example, when reading. For instance, TV has many scientific programs and programs that help people to study different subjects. For example, there are many programs for learning foreign languages. TV shows us life in other places of the Earth and latest news and events of different places. TV often is more effective in educating people than anything else, because people can not only hear information but also see this information. Aristotle once said, “The educated differ from the uneducated as the living from the dead.” Maybe if Aristotle lived now he made even more discoveries because of the information that TV gives to people.

    Television promotes many good qualities in people. For example, the majority of movies are about love to friends, parents and children. When I watch “Titanic” this brings out the best in me; this makes me feel that love is most important than anything else. Television influences us since we are children. Many shows teach people to be kind and fair to others. For example, many children want to be as strong as a “Superman” and help to others.

    Television reduces stress and help people to relax. For instance, going to movies is one of the most popular ways of entertainment. Watching TV helps people to forget about their problems. To illustrate, many people watch TV after a long day of work. Positive emotions give this people energy for the following working day.

    However, there are many shows that have a negative influence on our society. I believe that people have to censorship those shows in order to prevent their bad influence. For example, pornography is banned in many countries.

    Television has become not only a part of entertainment of the contemporary society but television also educates people and gives them much information about surrounding life. Television promotes in people love and appreciation to family and relationships among friends.

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