Does Television Do More Harm Than Good?


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Robin Burden Profile
Robin Burden answered
Whether television does more harm than good is a debate that has been raging since the invention of television itself.

In my opinion, television is simply a tool - whether it then becomes a good tool or a bad tool is down to the user/viewer.

Is television good?
Television has some pretty obvious advantages. It's a very powerful communication tool, and keeps the entire world connected and informed.

Television also breaks down the boundaries of geography and culture.

Someone sitting in their home in the mountains of Nepal can enjoy a sit-com filmed in a New York studio through the magic of television, and a family browsing cable channels in El Paso can watch explorers traveling through the Arctic in the comfort of their living room.

Television allows us to experience and learn things that we normally wouldn't have any exposure to. It also allows people to share their opinions and views with the entire world.

Is television bad?
With the growing importance of television, a host of negative traits also appear.

As we become more reliant on TV, we become less inclined to occupy our time in other ways, which means a lot of us miss out on exercise and meaningful activity because we are so transfixed by our screens.

Also, TV can be a bit of a deceptive medium.

Our natural reaction to hearing information on a well-presented, glossy TV program is to accept it as truth. This opens us up to the dangers of misinformation and propaganda.

Finally, watching and sharing information that is 'destructive' in nature can have an impact on our collective psyche.

When you consider how common sex and violence has become on our TV screens, it's easy to see a link between this phenomenon and the increased violence and sexuality in society at large.
shamar shamar Profile
shamar shamar answered
Well, it all depends on what you're watching.

For example, if you were watching a cartoon, some would say it's a waste of time and it can make you forget things.

If you were watching National Geographic channel some would say you're watching something interesting.
Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Of course not. I have one of those ultra-modern TV sets that has a "good taste control". It's called the on/off switch.

There's greater cause for saying that the Internet causes more harm than good but, as with TV, we get what we seek. There's no need for us to gravitate to the lowest level; in both media we can choose to find a level that enriches.

Megan goodgirl Profile
Megan goodgirl answered

It depends on what you watch.

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