Television is far more intelligent than it is credited for. The effects of television on the brain are pure mind games, that renders it useless over a period of time.
The idiot box, is not quite an idiot. On the contrary, it is far more intelligent than what it is attributed for. The debate whether television is a boon or bane is a forlorn one. The effects of television on the brain are no rocket science, that they cannot be understood. It is common knowledge that TV has negative effects on the brain and reduces its capacity to think. Many would argue against it, by saying that it opens up a whole new world to you. However, the truth remains that adverse effects of television eclipse any kind of positive effect it might bring.
Negative Effects of Television on the Brain
Addiction to Audio-Visual
The first and foremost unwanted effect of television is, addiction. A viewer enters a hypnotic state while watching TV for a long time. This is caused by the flicker on the TV screen. This is why most people doze off while watching TV, providing it entry into your subconscious mind or the alpha state. If this happens for a shorter period of time, it provides relaxation. However, people who watch TV very frequently and for hours together tend to get addicted to this kind of passive activity, which provides the mind a good break from the hectic working hours. Also, as watching comedy shows on the TV releases endorphins, it makes one physically addicted too.
Lapse of Thinking Power
As a person's psychological and physical dependence on TV increases, its effects the brain's activity too. The brain's left side switches off and the right side begins to function more proactively. It smartly absorbs all the images and the audio-visual content that it sees. As the right side has nothing right about it, it makes you emotionally respond to every sight. Thus, television clearly masks your ability to think critically. These emotional...