BRAIN DEVELOPMENTMost children are introduced to the world of television long before they step inside a classroom.
Even after being enrolled to a school, parents would let their child to watch educational or child friendly television shows all day after school. But does this really help a child’s brain development in the long run? Television exposure can affect a child’s brain development. The first few years are considered critical in brain development. It is when a child’s brain is like a sponge, absorbing all the information that is fed into it, it has no filter, right or wrong it consumes. Letting a child watch television all day is a bad idea; giving no or minimal attention is worst. In raising a child parental supervision and guidance is key, without the love and support of the parents the child is doomed to fail.
QUALITY OF LIFENo one has ever claimed that television can be healthy, but we are now discovering how unhealthy it is. Exposure to television may lead or can cause serious illness to a person. This directly affects the quality of life a person can live, the longer a person is exposed to television the chance of getting sick increases.Extended exposure to television can affect a person’s health, because everything in excess is bad, everything should be in moderation. It is easier to sit in front of the television and flick through the television to see what is on, rather than lacing up the running shoe to go outside for a quick run.
But which one would be more beneficial in the long run? People tend to choose the easy way without thinking of the long term effect of our decisions.TELEVISION IS GOOD FOR YOUThe standard way of thinking about television is that it is bad for a person, all of the reasons and evidences point to the same thing. Some argue though that television can in fact be good for a person. It can be a resource for kids, students and even teachers. television is not all bad; it can be good depending on what a person watches, and who that person is. In times it can actually be good for a person, especially to younger children with developing minds. it is how long a person is exposed to television that hurts them; it is the quality and contents of the show a person watches that causes troubles.
Third world countries can definitely benefit from television, they can learn basic english from free television programs. On the other hand, a question that must be answered is how well are these television programs being monitored, specifically the free programs? Can we really rely on the government to provide a non-biased rating to television shows? These are questions that I think need to be answered before a person can argue that the problem is the quality of the television being watched, and not how long they expose themselves to these shows.CONCLUSIONThe obvious effects of television exposure to a person are often neglected, choosing the convenience of flicking through the television, searching for something that catches our eye, rather than choosing a book to read or the hassle of going outside for a run. Television exposure indeed affects the family relationship we built in our homes, the brain development of a child through its formative years and its effect on the quality of the life we live.
Knowing all the harmful effects of extended exposure to television and the arguments presented, will you continue your habit? Or will you go and pick-up a book instead of picking up the remote?