Television : More Of An Idiot Box

"Come on! Stop that noisy box. Do your home work... Don't sit too close to that television. It is harmful. Listen to me." This is almost the common dialogue of parents at most of homes. Television is really becoming a need for people especially for young ones. Young generation can't stay without television.

Television is an amazing invention of John Baird. Television is like sea of knowledge. By providing wide options of television channels, it becomes not only source of entertainment but also it is treasure of information. The television is a need for an hour. In the world of competition and world of globalization one can get success with the help of the television. Because television is a source of knowledge, it helps the individual to aware about surrounding. Television broadens the horizons of knowledge. The channels like discovery, history, national geography, and news channels like Aaj Tak, zee news B.B.C.world, Star news, N. D.Tv. provides immense knowledge. The group discussions and debates on channels about various topics prepares the individual for competitive exams. Today, television is a need and a day without television is difficult to imagine.

Television not only has positive side but it has also produces ill-effects. So the television is called as an "Idiot box" Television is one of the most favorite medium Children love to watch television and they try to imitate characters in serials Small Children can't even decide what is right and what is wrong They can't even decide which is good character and which is bad character And so they adapt the wrong behavior like violence, aggression, hatred The programs like W.W.F. and W.W.E. are full of aggression If child watches them then there are high chances that child will imitate aggression. Incidences like shooting teacher or classmate are very common in America. Such incidences are nothing but influence of television.

Moreover, children also develop attraction for smoking, drinking, drugs etc. Some of also try them out. Even children below the age of 14 are chain smokers. Many cases of burning girls and throwing acid on the girls because girls are not responding to boy's love. Such behaviors and lack of empathy can also develop by excessive watching of behaviors.

Television keeps children engage, and make them non productive. Many favorite cartoon serials like Tom & Jerry, Packmen are shown during 5 to 7 pm. Generally this period is devoted for playing. But children simply avoid playing and enjoy the cartoons and other serials. There are high chances that because of television most of children become 'Coach Potato'. They become lethargic and lazy. It is also true that excessive television may harmful for health and eyes.

Television also reaches to masses. Television serials and advertisements also portray gender stereotypes ; stereotypes regarding religion , states etc. Television is one of the popular media .So many people get affected by these stereotypes at the same time. All 'K' serials portray unrealistic picture of Indian family. The relation between relatives and behavior of each character is so idealistic that many woman and other family members easily get influence by it and have expectations of such behaviors from each other. Such unrealistic beliefs expectations make oneself depressed and tend to develop psychological disorder The most of television shows portray male and female in stereotype way. Generally male characters in serials are brave, strong, intelligent, and females are shown as emotional & sensitive . Such portrayal may hinder personality development of child.

Television advertisements are very much popular. But these advertisements are also not free from biases. In many advertisements woman is showing in kitchen and she is working hard . Mothers in advertisements are also portrayed unrealistically ,which may affect mother - child relationship in real life. To influence viewer they portray wrong characters which may affect general development of child. Child may adopt wrong behaviors , beliefs, biases, stereotypes because of television .

Television is most reachable media. It is nonprinting media , so it is most popular because illiterate as well as literate people can enjoy television programs . It is most influential media. Television not only influences children but also adults and elderly people. Television programs not only given immense knowledge but with that it affects directly on one's personality, behavior beliefs, manner of walking and talking etc.

Television has both sides - negative as well as positive. The use and misuse of television is completely depend on how human being use it . Anything in excessive always produces bad effects. So it is duty of human being to use television to develop creativity and to enhance knowledge . Even parents has to teach child what is good and what is bad . They should encourage the child to have a good balance between play and television . Then only television will not remain an 'Idiot box' but will help to grow intelligent and ambitious generation.





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