Is TV really a weapon of mind destruction? There’s has been a lot of research and debate when it comes to the good and bad effects of TV because TV viewing has become a fundamental part of everyday modern life. But should we really put the blame on television? Let’s find out:
It stifles creativity
A lot of scientists say that TV does not require the use of imaginative thinking because images are being spoon-fed to the audience, unlike in reading where they can formulate own pictures in their head. But let us ask you, how many times as a child or even as an adult have you imagined yourself as your favourite superhero? Or how many times have you envisioned yourself having meta human abilities? There is no conclusive evidence that supports this claim because there is no way to measure a person’s imagination.
It inhibits language development
Now, we don’t mean you should watch kids’ shows like Sesame Street to heighten your level in English or Dora the Explorer to improve your Spanish (no judgement if you do though.) We only mean to turn on your subtitles whether you’re fluent in that language or not. It really helps with grammar, diction, and pronunciation; especially if you’re not a big book reader and watching movies and TV is where you’re get your “knowledge.”
Television Makes You Dumb
This is where you really have to challenge yourself because in reality, there are a lot of trashy TV programs. And there’s no harm in admitting you watch them from time to time because after a long and stressful day, all you want to do is mindlessly stare at the screen and laugh at the first world problems of the Kardashians. But amongst that pile of “trash” are a number of smart shows geared to make you really critically think of what’s about to happen next. Examples of these shows include BBC’s Sherlock, NBC’s House, or Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.
Television Feeds Us Wrong Information
Are we really putting the blame on television here? It all comes down to what we know and want to believe. Be vigilant and if you’re in doubt of something a particular program said, then Google it and take in more information. You don’t want to be labelled as foolish for instantly believing in things just because the host of the television program said it.