Television is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Nowadays, television is one of the most important sources of information. It plays such a significant role in people’s everyday lives that it’s almost impossible to imagine how we would live if there wasn’t any TV. However, nowadays TV has caused problems as well as good things.
The main reason why so many people choose watching TV to get information and entertainment is its simplicity and convenience. All we have to do is press a button and sit comfortably in a chair. Television also enables us to watch many events in other parts of the world live and vividly. It is also a means of transferring knowledge because many programs are designed for educational purposes.
However, TV seems captive us. Usually, we are not just watching for the content, but for the contrast, change, and captivating images.That is the danger. We may decide to catch a one-hour educational program, but find ourselves immobilized by TV’s power and end up “watching” longer than we originally planned.
Several studies indicate that watching TV may decrease one’s attention span and weaken one’s imagination. It weakens our attention span because we are continuously exposed to quick, short bursts of information. As a result, we grow impatient if it takes a while to make a point. TV also weakens our imagination because everything is portrayed for us. All we have to do is sit back and observe someone else’s imagination. Books are just the opposite. They increase our attention span and help us develop our imagination.
The effect of TV brings us to an interesting paradox. After day’s work, many people like to regrain some energy by relaxing in front of the TV. But the ever changing TV images result in information overload. This sucks the energy out of us. That’s the paradox, we watch it with the hope of regaining our energy, but get drained instead.
Beside its hypnotic effect, another major problem is the way it is used by those who own and run television stations and network. TV is used to sell products and services. It is said that living with television means growing up in a world of about 22,000 commercials a year 5,000 of them for food products, more than half of which are for low-nutrition sweets and snacks. TV, then, is the heart of the monster called consumerism.
Although this is a strong argument, overall, it seems that the benefits of television outweigh the risks. Television can make really interested in many subjects.