In this article i am going to discuss about the defects of Television that we don’t even notice. Television is harmful for us in many ways, there are many defects that we know but there are some big defects that are because of television and we don’t notice them. So let’s get started!
Biggest defect is that Television reduces our confidence as I have discussed before in my article “BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE“. Watching television effects our confidence in many different ways.
Dramas and films
The first way of television effecting our brain is by dramas and films. So, what really happens that in a film we are shown many different situations which happens to the characters in the film or drama and those characters solve that problem in a unique way or in a dramatic way or sometimes we are shown a debating conversation between characters which are ofcourse scripted but if we talk like that in real life, we would have to memorize those line and in real life your opponent’s reply can not be predicted. So, when your see those dramas our brain see those solutions and answers and saves them unconsciously for later and when any situation happens to us which is similar to the situation we saw in T.V, we act how the characters were acting and because the things in real life are not always scripted as you think they are you loose your confidence. When you see that nothing happens according to you, then you start avoiding those things.
Have you ever felt like when you enter a place and you think that everyone is seeing you, judging you, or observing you? That is because of the reality shows news channels and game shows. When you are seeing the person on stage and the whole audience is seeing him and observing what he is doing, then then your brain catches that situation and whenever you are in a crowded place your brain brings the expected experience of being on the eyes of the whole crowd which makes you nervous. News channels and game shows effects confidence because in news channels and game shows we are judging people which makes us think that everyone is judging us.
Television kills your self-esteem
When you watch an hour of TV, you’re exposed to about 15 minutes of commercials, whose sole purpose is to persuade you to buy stuff.
How exactly do they achieve that? Firstly, by making you feel bad about yourself. Once they do so, they sell you products and services with the promise that they’ll improve your self-esteem.
In other words, commercials are emotionally manipulating you, and most of the time you aren’t even aware of it. The result? Spending your hard-earned money purchasing products you actually don’t need and which will sooner or later leave you disappointed and sad. In addition, by constantly consuming things, you’re creating immense material waste that is messing up with our planet’s ecology.
Television makes you dumb
Another dangerously bad effect of excessively watching television is the fact it can hinder our ability to think.
Having talking heads continuously giving us quick information, opinion, analysis and criticism for just about everything, slowly leads us to stop using our own critical thinking skills. As a consequence, we can be easily misinformed and manipulated.
That’s why it’s especially important for parents and school teachers to help children and students understand the ill effects of spending too much time in front of a TV screen.
Of course, there are a few programs on TV that are educational and thought-provoking (in other words, that have a good, positive impact on our intelligence), but let’s admit it: The majority of television programs are just trash.
Indeed, we rarely find a program on TV that requires us to think. In fact, television programming is designed in such a way to match our attention spam. This perfectly explains why almost all programs are 30 to 60 minutes long. It also explains why television programs rarely dedicate the entire program to a single topic.
Therefore, not only can’t television programs provide us with any decent thought to stimulate discussion, but they present information in such a way that we can’t digest it properly. As a result, we can easily form opinions without allowing the information to first be filtered through our minds, and while we might think that we become more knowledgeable, in reality we become dumb.
Asad Khawar, 15 years old.
administrator of Gegapedia and Gegamall.