Dumb by watching TV
Watching too much TV can affect a person's intelligence Photo: iStock.com/SB Arts Media.

Does TV make you stupid? That`s what science says!

Now the answer to the question “Does TV make you stupid?” seems official. Several studies confirm the negative effects of watching TV regularly. Reason enough to finally switch off.

The average U.S. Consumer spends a whopping 3 hours a day watching TV . Extrapolated to our lives, that’s 8-10 years we disconnect from reality and stare motionlessly at the television.

TV production companies know what to do. Just make a program that is so easy to digest that absolutely anyone can follow it.

There we find naked singles looking for their dream partner on a lonely island or news in which the happenings of the day are rapped. Or so-called “science programs”, which inform us about the fact that the longest sausage in the world was prepared at the weekend in the back of beyong.

“Television helps the stupid to stay stupid.”

Erhard Horst Bellermann

However, although everyone is diligently talking about the excesses of the television landscape, it seems as the normal consumer has long lost the fight for self-control.

Does tv make you stupid?

Several studies, most recently by the German Criminological Research Institute in Lower Saxony with 23,000 children and adolescents, show what many have secretly known. The intelligence quotient behaves apparently inversely proportional to the television consumption of a person. In other words, the more someone watches television, the more stupid he seems to be or become.

The reasons are simple. When we make ourselves comfortable in front of the TV, our brain switches off. We are in a kind of comatose sleep twilight. We stare at the screen and suck what we see unfiltered into our brains.

Children shouldn't watch TV too much
Too much television in childhood has a direct impact on their development.

As a result of this flood of information, we are increasingly unlearning to critically dealing with our environment. We are losing the ability to ask questions and collecting information ourselves, just like we learned as a child. Our brain loses the ability to think independently, because it’s less needed due to the fully automatic information refueling. Whether the information is good or bad.

It can be observed by how many people today cite the statements of the media without ever dealing with the topic themselves. In addition, many of us on TV experienced events such as terrorist attacks can no longer grasp and entangled in conspiracy theories in order to explain the events yet somehow plausible to your own mind. Is both easier than to deal with a topic independently and collect their own information.

“If we let this – the next generation’s messing up – media consumption just keep it up, then in 20 years we will sew the T-Shirts for China.”

Professor Spitzer, German psychologist

Television & Intelligence: Studies

A German study specifically compared the increase in performance of children of primary school age. For this purpose, they were divided according to their TV habits: low-viewer (15-20 minutes daily), normal viewer (1 hour daily) and frequent viewer (more than 2 hours). The result: the children who watched more television showed a significantly poorer performance development than those who watched little.

A New Zealand study conducted by Robert Hancox of the University of Otago of 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973 concluded that the children who had seen the least TV between the ages of 5 and 11 were most likely to graduate had achieved.

An interesting long-term study shows the extent to which television consumption affects cognitive performance over the years. As early as 1985, 3,250 young adults (each around 25 years old at the time) enrolled in one of Dr. Tina Hoang started study one. Every five years they were asked about their TV and leisure activities. Finally, after 25 years, they were subjected to cognitive tests. The result: While there was hardly any difference in verbal memory between those who see and those who see little, those who see them were far inferior to those who see little in terms of their cognitive processing speed and their executive functions.

Sense and nonsense

Studies or not. Perhaps it is also the case that television itself is not the culprit. Perhaps the less intelligent or the uninspired simply tend to watch TV and thus distort the statistics. Possibly because they don’t even know that they could do something with their life and thereby cement their intellect, so to speak. The answer is probably somewhere in between.

Television takes away valuable life from us
While watching TV, our brain works in standby mode.

Still, you should think about the following. The time that you lethargically lie in front of the TV brings you little or nothing in most cases. While you chase people on TV who made it in life, others work on their success and become more successful. While you are amused about other people on TV because you think you are better, others pass you by.

Even if you only watch 2 hours of TV a day, ask yourself how much you could accomplish if you only spent an hour of that time reading books, exercising, or working on your visions.

Switch off!

Lead by example and switch off. You’ll realize after a few days that you don’t really miss anything.

Let’s be honest: By consuming casting shows, cooking programs and physicians’ series, you’ll never get further or become successful.

So, switch off and live the real life!

In a nutshell

Several studies show what we’ve long suspected. TV makes stupid and attracts stupid. Our brain unlearns the independent thinking through the information-irrigation.

With an average of 3 hours a day, the American spent in front of the TV, come together quickly 8-10 years, which we spend in front of the screen in life. Time that we could definitely use more effectively, even if we would only do without an hour of television a day.

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