The Effect of Television on Study Habits

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In today’s modern world televisions are everywhere from airports to the corner of the average household living room. They provide access to entertainment, news, politics, religious sermons, and so much more. Despite this (or because of it) televisions can cause major problems especially for students. Although television can be informative and relaxing, an increase in television watching is deleterious to study habits because it takes up free time, promotes procrastination, and is not intellectually stimulating.

For the average student free time can be hard to come by. One must divide their day between school, family, friends, and hobbies. The average television show ranges from a half an hour to an hour. Spending one or more hours a day adds up and decreases ones free time which can also decrease ones efficiency at everyday tasks. The more television one watches the less time they have in their day. Students need to study a substantial amount each day in order to keep up in their classes, and with their work load. Therefore the more television one watches the less time one has to study which can cause a student to develop inefficient study habits to compensate for the decrease in their free time.

Another effect of watching television is television’s capacity as an outlet for procrastination. Endless hours can be spent in front of the television effortlessly. The tendency to do this can also increase when one is trying to avoid certain tasks, like studying. Also the amount of media a single television contains can keep a person engaged for prolonged periods of time. All one has to do it press a button and the channel will change providing more for one to watch. This means that the more channels a television has the greater the amount of time can be spent watching it. Procrastination can have a crippling effect on productivity, a television will only increase ones procrastination and cause students to develop poor study habits, such as cramming at the last...
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