It does wear off eventually. But on a more serious note, is television not recommended? How about a closer look at the question...
The Influence of Television
Certain questions are the kind that make for never ending debate. But honestly, why the fuss? Watching television really isn't such a big deal. Undoubtedly, people do have their own opinions, but then, everybody does. So, let's take a look at it one question at a time...
Truth be told, answers to questions like these are always subjective. But while we are at discussing the topic of is television harmful for children, we may as well take a look at how this works. As a personal opinion, the question of television acting as a bad influence seems almost incredulous.
Children grow up watching cartoons and animated series that are chosen by parents for the viewing pleasure of their kids, but has it ever occurred to anyone, that some of the first few shows we've ever watched (Tom & Jerry, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny) are probably that could act as the cause for misbehavior.
In fact, if given the right kind of exposure, a child could learn a lot, and benefit greatly from all the marvelous technology that's available these days. So yet again, effects of TV on kids are like two sides of the same coin.
Effects of TV on Society
Yet another question that is based entirely on perception, television need not necessarily be a bad influence on society, unless someone wants it to be. In all honesty, it should be considered a more mindless influence rather than a bad one.
Either way, it isn't so much of a bad influence. By no means is this a method of advocating the immense viewing of television, it very simply is about working with the way it really is.
Very often the only thing you get to watch on TV is negativity in the form of news and other world happenings. But how many people out there feel inclined towards terrorizing behavior? If someone does feel so, odds are they already had such tendencies right from the start.
But if it weren't for that one little drawback, it hardly ever qualifies as a negative influence. But hey, to each his own, right? Those were just a couple of opinions in regards with the influence of television. At the end of the day you can use it, the way you would like.
If you don't believe that, take a look at these words of wisdom by Groucho Marx... "I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book." So maybe, just maybe, television isn't such a bad influence after all!