We have all heard from someone before that TV will rot our brains. Have you ever heard that it can make you smarter? To become smarter we must learn. Learning is the process of gaining new knowledge. Therefore, anytime you learn something new while watching TV, you are actually becoming more intelligent. Just try your best to separate the facts from the fiction.
While all of this may seem too good to be true, it actually isn’t. TV can be a great source for education. Obviously it needs to be done correctly, but there are certainly ways to do so. There is a big difference between watching a fact-based documentary on trout, and watching a cartoon about a talking fish. However it doesn’t always have to be that black and white. There are grey areas where shows can be entertaining and educational at the same time.
What to watch
Television isn’t considered to be a substantial source of education. You shouldn’t go out of your way to watch it more just to learn. Most likely, you are already learning from some of the shows that you watch. Do you find yourself telling your friends facts that you learned while watching a program on TV? We can learn from the news or even a pop-culture-based sitcom.
When in search of more intelligent content on TV, try looking for non-fiction shows. While we can certainly learn some things from fiction shows, non-fiction is obviously the better way to go. There are many programs that are non-fiction and very entertaining at the same time. Look for shows that cover things that you’re already interested in.
The problem with sitting in front of a TV all day is you are home instead of being out in the real world. TV can sometimes be a good place to learn something new, but nothing can compete with living life. If you want to learn first and watch TV second, you should probably put down the remote and get outside. If you’re watching TV to relax and hoping to learn a little at the same time, there is certainly no harm in that.
A lot of us have negative thoughts about television. It is a common belief that people who watch a lot of TV are lazy. Some folks literally see it as an addiction, and it certainly can be for some people. There is no doubt that watching TV is more commonly associated with entertainment than education. However, times are certainly changing every day. One day we may all look at our TVs in a different way. With how colleges have now gone online, who knows what will be coming to a television set near you.