It seems to be a superb feat of multitasking when we follow programs on three or four channels simultaneously on our satellite linked TV set. Today we take for granted the incongruous contraption that was invented around the 1930s and that has slowly integrated itself inseparably to our modern day lives. From those days of black and white newsreels, music shows and special announcements, TV has come a long way to satellite hooked, and plasma screen viewing. Nevertheless, there are a lot of pros and cons of TV – some of them are described below.
Pros of TV
There are many pros of TV, one of which is that it provides us with live news and entertainment. On the other hand it provides long distance education, shopping options, educative games for children, cooking lessons, travel bookings, and a lot more.
TV was invented with a good intention in mind, which was to bring the world closer and the far away lands right inside our living rooms. With proper restraint on its use, it can still serve that purpose; and impart knowledge, education, and entertainment.
Cons of TV
TV is now a global phenomenon – with households all over the world getting their daily dose of news, entertainment, movies and music. A census report in 2007 stated that US teenagers spent almost five entire months watching TV, reading the papers, and listening to music. A normal semester in a university gets over in four months. Think of how much could be achieved by reducing the number of hours of TV in our lives.
One of the major cons of TV is that it does not require the viewer to use his intellect. It simply feeds constant streaming audio-visual data at an amazing rate, most of which simply passes through as it is impossible for an average person to store that amount of data at one go. Studies have tried to link TV viewing with intelligence levels in children (taking proxy measures of intelligence such as grades, IQ tests, etc.) and have succeeded more often than not in showing that more TV leads to less brains.
Other cons of TV are the following – TV implies less sleep which is an essential component of growth in children and of health maintenance in adults. Sleeping disorders have been positively correlated with the number of hours of television in subjects. So, when parents tell their children to switch off the TV and go out and play, or do something more useful, it really has sense to listen to them.
Another con of TV is that it influences children very much, keeping them constantly entertained. Preteens are influenced by the senseless violence, gore, and titillating that TV programs provide. Many programs hardly have a positive effect on these kids.
One of the other cons of TV is that unprofessional live news reporting can escalate situations in real time. Misinformation spread through the medium of TV programs can be harmful.