There are numerous excellent Anti-TV websites out there (see my blogroll), the reason I decided to create tvSmarter.com was because I felt there were some facts about TV and arguments that needed to be more widely known. Namely:
1. The fact that TV, by continually evoking the “Orienting Response” slows down the viewer’s brainwaves.
People often argue that TV is no different from reading or watching a play, but at a neurological level, it is very different.
2. It is human nature to enjoy storytelling and entertainment. But there are huge advantages to getting your entertainment from books (reading for pleasure) and huge disadvantages from getting your entertainment from TV.
3. But, did TV cause the huge crime increase starting in the mid 1960’s? There is no way to prove this. But TV proponents often argue that the reduction in crime to early 1960 levels by the year 2000, is proof that TV is not the culprit. They fail to mention that the U.S.A. has had to more than quintuple (increase by 500%) the rate of incarceration to accomplish this reduction.
4. It has commonly been noted that excessive TV watching is often a symptom of depression. But there are a number of reasons to believe that TV watching also contributes to depression.