Television: An Absolute Good?

Well, needless to say, you owe a lot to television. Television has been the source of so many advantages, so much so that, at this point, you seem to be unable to imagine what life would have been like, had television not been invented. You start thinking to yourself and asking: is television an absolute good, therefore?

Well, like all things in life, it’s not absolutely, totally good. There are also a lot of disadvantages to television, and this is especially true for instances when it has become some sort of addiction. To see how this plays out concretely, you can just think of that one friend you have who’s terribly addicted to online shops like Lazada and Zalora. Sadly, she has become some sort of slave to promo codes, hasn’t she? Now keep that in picture in mind, as you now try to think of television and its disadvantages, especially when it goes too far.

The Disadvantages of Too Much TV

First, by watching too much TV, you also expose yourself to a lot of input on violence, sex, drugs, and other possibly addictive experiences.

Kids who see violent acts are more likely to display aggressive or violent behavior and also to believe that the world is a scary place and that something bad is going happen to them. Ongoing studies have shown a lasting correlation between watching violence on television and aggression that begins in childhood and continues into adulthood.

Second, watching too much television is not good for your health. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between watching television and obesity. Excessive TV watching (more than 3 hours a day) can also contribute to sleep difficulties, behavior problems, lower grades, and other health issues.

Third, to a certain extent, it’s actually a waste of time when you’re addicted to it. Watching television fills the time a person might have spent doing important, enriching things like interacting socially with other human beings, being physically active, discovering the outdoors, reading, using one's own imagination, or accomplishing other things like working or doing homework or chores, or spending time with enriching hobbies like art, music, etc.

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