#1 TV is one of the biggest time-sinks ever
#2 We’re TV addicts
I got addicted.News, particularly daily news, is morethan crack cocaine, more addictive than heroin, more addictive than cigarettes.
#3 Concentration – a dying ability?
#4 TV changes our perception of reality
#5 TV can put you in a trance-like state
#6 TV makes you passive
The sense of relaxation ends when the set is turned off, but the feelings of passivity and lowered alertness continue. Survey participants commonly reflect that television has somehow absorbed or sucked out their energy, leaving them depleted.
Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.
#7 TV activates your reptilian brain
The reptile brain is unable to distinguish between reality and the simulated reality of television. To the reptile brain, if it looks real, it is real. Thus, though we know on a conscious level it is “only a film,” on an unconscious level we do not–the heart beats faster, for instance, while we watch a suspenseful scene. Similarly, we know the commercial is trying to manipulate us, but on an unconscious level the commercial nonetheless succeeds in, say, making us feel inadequate until we buy whatever thing is being advertised–and the effect is all the more powerful because it is unconscious, operating on the deepest level of human response. Source
#8 TV stirs up emotions
#9 TV might be the death of emotional intelligence
#10 Almost all TV has an agenda
All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?– Nicholas Johnson
#11 Who are you really? TV changes our behaviour
- Viewing of adult-targeted TV by children increases their likelihood of becoming sexually active in early adolescence
- Teenagers who watched 14 or more hours of rap videos a week were more likely to have multiple sexual partners, aquire STDs, act violently and get arrested
- By the time the average person reaches the age of 18 they seen over 200,000 violent acts on TV including 40,000 murders and more than 50% of students in Grades 7 to 10 have witnessed their peers imitating violent acts they’ve seen on TV.
#12 What goes into your subconscious affects your dreams
Next time you sit down to watch TV, don’t turn it on
Listen to me! Television is not the truth. Television’s a [..] amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business. So if you want the Truth, go to God! Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves! Because that’s the only place you’re ever gonna find any real truth. But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you wanna hear. [..]We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is mass madness. You maniacs. In God’s name, you people are the real thing. We are the illusion. So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of this sentence I am speaking to you now. Turn them off!