Twelve Year Sentence for watching TV

Released on = March 27, 2007, 10:01 pm

Press Release Author = David Couchman / Focus Radio

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = We spend twelve years of our lives watching TV. It is
implicated in half of all violent crime, and causes health and developmental
problems for children. Focus Radio is launching a new course for Churches, home
groups, cell groups, and individual Christians to understand how TV influences us
and how we can respond positively.

Press Release Body = Research shows that in the western world we spend twelve years
of our lives watching television, on average. By the age of six, a child has already
spent one whole year in front of the TV.

Television has been implicated in a wide range of child health and development
issues - it may be a bigger factor in obesity than either diet or exercise. It is
also implicated in half of all violent crime. These are not the views of cranks or
crackpots - they are the results of serious social research. One major study in the
Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that 'If. television
technology had never been developed, there would today be 10,000 fewer homicides
each year in the United States, 70,000 fewer rapes, and 700,000 fewer injurious
assaults. Violent crime would be half of what it is.'

The psychologist Aric Sigman says that television 'has unleashed a worldwide
cultural force equalled in history only by religion.'

\'Facing the Challenge of Television\' is a new course for Churches, adult Sunday
Schools, home groups, cell groups, and individual Christians, from Focus Radio. In
eight fifty minute sessions, it explores how television creates our world and steals
our lives; how it causes \'Truth Decay,\' and distorts reality. It looks at television
negatively as junk food for our souls and pollution for our imagination. It also
looks at TV positively as providing fuel for our prayers and points of contact for
sharing the Good News.

For a limited time only, it is available for the special introductory price of
9.99. This includes the Leaders\' Guide and worksheet masters for group members.

You can also \'try before you buy\' by downloading a sample session from

Course cover:

David Couchman, author

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Contact Details = Focus Radio
54 The Avenue
Southampton SO17 1XQ
Tel: +44 (0)23 8067 6911

Focus Radio is a UK Registered Charity (no. 298007) - the equivalent of a 501(c)(3)
organization in the USA, and a member of Global Connections, the UK\'s Evangelical
Missionary Alliance.

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