Television, a thing that almost every family owned.The first television was invented in 1831 by Joseph Henry’s and Michael Faraday’s work. As the time goes by, the penetration of television increased in an unbelievable speed.
With the widespread popularity of television,there are more than 1.4 billion households now own at least one TV set, representing 79 percent of total households globally. People who watch television have different purposes on it,for example children love it because they can watch their favorite cartoon on it, and their parents might use TV for watching daily global news to know what is going on in worldwide. In the world, people spend lots of times on TV(Americans are still watching more than 7 hours and 50 minutes per household per day) ,and 98 percent of households having television by 1990 in America(Sonia,2009)
Now I want to talk about a precious memories which is about television. The first time that I saw TV was 16 years ago, I still remember the feeling when I saw the real television because I have never seen such a big screen before. My parents are business man and doing business together,and I was brought up by my grandmother. After we got a television at our home, everyday when I come back from school I will spend sometimes to watch television with my grandmother. My grandmother was also welling to watch cartoon with me although it is pretty bored for her.
In 2006, my parents finally got sometime to quit leave their job aside and have a rest.When they were back to home, I was so excited because our family was reunited again.My father was also excited to see me again and he told me that we can watch World Cup together in this year,I was little bit confused because I didn’t know what is World Cup at that time and why my father get so excited. I did ask my grandma about what is World Cup and finally understand it, it is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The reason for why my father get excited was because World Cup will only hold once in four years and he doesn’t need to work during this time.
Because the World Cup was held in Germany，we have to get up at 3 am to watch it because we are live in China.My father’s favorite team is Italy team so we will only watch the game with Italy. Although it was really painful to get up at 3 am, when I watch football game with my family I have never experienced a excited atmosphere like this. Everyone in my family was seat together and hold some food and drinks.Whenever Italy team scored, all of us will stand up and yelling to each other.I still remember that my father almost drop his tear down when Italy finally gain the championship, and I promise the period of 2006 World Cup was one of my precious memories of my life. I think I am lucky to own such a good television at my home, I won’t have this wonderful experience if television was not there. Until now, I will still watch World Cup with my father.
Television did bring people lots of benefits and convenience, people can focus on one screen and sharing their experience at the real time. For me, television further the distance among family and me.
Livingstone, Sonia (2009) Half a century of television in the lives of our children. The ANNALS of the American academy of political and social science, 625 . pp. 151-163. ISSN 0002-7162