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As with most subjects, there are many different opinions on the effect of watching too much TV. Some people worry about the negative effects of consuming great amounts of TV, while others don’t regard it as an issue. I can see both views of the matter, but let me go further into depth with each side.
Whenever I watch TV for several hours in a day, I don’t feel that I’ve done anything productive. Watching large quantities of TV can leave me feeling exhausted, yet craving to watch even more.
There is something tranquilizing about sitting in front of the TV and losing myself in a show. It’s almost as if my brain shuts off. I don’t truly notice this feeling until I turn the TV off.
In the book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” Author Nicholas Carr talks about this effect, “Our focus on a medium’s content can blind us to these deep effects. We’re too busy being dazzled or disturbed by the programming to notice what’s going on inside our heads.” It seems like the more TV I watch, the more “dazzled” my brain becomes.
The positive side of the topic is that TV can be a useful tool for gaining knowledge. It is possible that this may outweigh the negative side.
I asked student Maggie Kwong about her thoughts of TV and she had a more positive outlook on the subject. “There’s entertainment, value and also I learn some pretty interesting stuff when I nerd out and watch ‘Nova’ and ‘Nature’ on PBS. TV is also a way to keep up on current events,” Kwong reflects.
Educational TV is much more informative than the fluff that most people tend to watch. When the programming really makes you think and learn it probably isn’t a bad thing.
In the end, it is up to the TV viewer to decide what is best. Some may choose to watch, others may tune out.
By: Sarah Suennen