Television and Learning

22 October 2014 at 07:34 | 24623 views

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain.

Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things.

However, it may be the main cause of school failure for many students. Here are some facts:

All surveys made on children conclude that most children watch too much TV programs, some appropriate for their age and others for adults. Research on the subject says that when you watch TV too much without control, it can produce a unit, called tele-addiction with mental fatigue, especially in children.

Many families have their main meals in front of the TV using the time to receive information or enjoy an entertainment program. But this also makes communication between people minimal and usually all members of the family remain silent. In many cases, television is the means to fill the free time when viewers watch movies, political gatherings, soccer, tennis and other fun programs.

This promotes sedentary lifestyles that harm health. As for children, it causes them to lose the reading habit and thereby increase spelling mistakes. They do little or no sports and have no hobbies. As television takes up a lot of time, they end up failing in school. Television also affects the formation of personality and loss of habits.

Watching TV makes you falls into passive and incapable of the necessary effort required for study and learn. After two or three hours watching television it is hard to move from a passive state to an active state where the student must do everything to understand books, discuss ideas, relationships, expressing themselves and remembering.

Finally, we suggest there should never be a television set in the study room because the student cannot see and understand both the screen and the book. Does all the above lead to the conclusion that TV is harmful? No, it is positive with proper use, but when related to learning the consequences are never positive.