An Entry in the International Students Handbook

This paragraph from the International Students Handbook warns students about American TV:
Caution: Although television can be an excellent and entertaining way to improve one’s English, it can also have negative effects. First, it presents what most people would consider a distorted view of life in the United States. Second, people sometimes become addicted to “soap operas.” Addiction to soap operas can detract from a student’s academic performance.