The answer to the question “Does television make you stupid?” Seems official. The research results of several studies show how regular TV consumption makes us unable to question our surroundings and pose problems for ourselves. Reason enough to finally switch off.
The average Man spends a full 3 hours in front of the TV every day . Extrapolated to our lives, that’s 8-10 years, in which we disconnect from reality and look comatose into the flicker box.
The production companies have long understood that in order to sell advertising space, they simply have to create a program that is so easily digestible that absolutely everyone can follow it.advertising
There we find naked singles who are looking for their dream partner on a lonely island, news in which the events of the day are rapped and so-called “knowledge programs” that explain to us that the longest bratwurst in the world was prepared at the weekend.
“Television helps the stupid to remain stupid.” (Erhard Horst Bellermann)
But although everyone is talking diligently about the excesses of the German television landscape, it seems that normal consumers have long lost the struggle for self-control.
Does television make you stupid?
Several studies, most recently by the Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute with 23,000 children and adolescents, show what many have already secretly known: the intelligence quotient is apparently inversely proportional to a person’s television consumption. That means: The more someone watches TV, the more stupid they appear to be or to become.
The reasons for this are simply explained. When we make ourselves comfortable in front of the television, our brain switches off. We are in a kind of comatose twilight sleep. We stare at the focusing screen and soak up what we see unfiltered into our brains.
With this flood of information, we are increasingly learning to critically deal with our environment, to ask questions and to collect information ourselves, as we once learned as a child.
Our brain loses the ability to think independently, because it is less and less needed due to the fully automatic refueling of information (regardless of whether the information is good or bad).
This can be seen from how many people today 1: 1 quote the statements of the media without ever dealing with the topic. In addition, many of the events we experience on TV, such as terrorist attacks, can no longer be grasped and become entangled in conspiracy theories in order to be able to explain the events to our own mind in a plausible way. It is both easier than dealing with a topic independently and collecting your own information.
“If we let this media consumption – which is filling the minds of the next generation – just go on like this, we will sew the T-shirts for China in 20 years.” (Prof. Dr. Dr. Spitzer, German psychologist)
Television & intelligence: the study situation
A German study specifically compared the performance gains of primary school children. For this purpose, they were subdivided according to their TV habits: little viewer (15-20 minutes a day), normal viewer (1 hour a day) and frequent viewer (more than 2 hours). The result: The children who watched more television showed a significantly poorer performance development than the less visionary.
A New Zealand study by Robert Hancox from the University of Otago, with 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973, concluded that the children who had the least television viewing between the ages of 5 and 11 were most likely to have an academic degree had attained.
An interesting long-term study shows how strongly television consumption affects cognitive performance over the years. 3250 young adults (at that time around 25 years old) already wrote in 1985 by one of Dr. Tina Hoang started a study . Every five years, they were asked about their TV and leisure activities and finally subjected to cognitive tests after 25 years. The result: While there were hardly any differences in verbal memory between high and low vision, the high vision was far inferior to the low vision in terms of their cognitive processing speed and their executive functions.
Sense and nonsense
Studies or not. Couldn’t it also be that television does not make you stupid, but perhaps less intelligent or even simply undriven people rather watch TV because they do not know that they can do something with their lives and thereby carve their intellect into stone? The answer is probably somewhere in between.
The most important reason is a completely different one. In most cases , the time you spend lethargically in front of the TV is of little use to you. While you might be chasing people in front of the focusing screen who made it in life or maybe just amused yourself about the alleged “assis” on TV because you get the feeling that you are better yourself, you might want to use this time, to do something meaningful.
Look at it this way: Even if you are somewhere below the average quoted at the beginning and are only 2 hours in front of the telly per day, you should think about how much you could achieve if you only used one hour in the future with books, Do sports or work on your visions.
Lead by example and switch off. After a few days you will find that you are not really missing anything, let alone that you missed something.
Honestly: by consuming casting shows, cooking programs and series of doctors, you will neither get any further in your life, become happier or earn even one euro.
To put it in the words of Peter Lustig: ” You know: switch off “!
Several studies show what we have long suspected. Television makes stupid and attracts stupid. Our brain is forgetting how to think independently through the irrigation of information.
With an average of 3 hours a day that the German spends in front of the TV, 8-10 years that we spend in life in front of the screen come together quickly. Time that we could definitely use more sensibly, even if we would only do one hour of television a day.
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