Over the years, the popularity of television has grown to such an extent that today, at least one Television set can be found in almost every home in the world. Its the menace that everyone loves to hate but can't seem to live without.
Nowadays, there are hundreds of television channels. For those who are ill or housebound, television provides them with a company while they are alone, whereas others just enjoy the entertainment factor. Entertainment in the home can be very challenging for the most loving families; therefore television can be a good thing as it can provide parents with a "babysitter"! For those older folk who can no longer cope with going out for shopping, TV is the answer! Not to forget the teens who simply can't seem to have enough of Hannah Montana or the lovely middle-aged ladies who love watching their favorite series of either 'Desperate Housewives' or 'Sex and The City'! Though, actually going to a concert has a better atmosphere than just watching it on television, some people praise this as it is much cheaper than buying a ticket to go to the venue itself. TV has brought the education at viewers' door-steps. It has encouraged formal and open education in a big way.
Well, those were just the 'WOW' factors of Television. However, its not all good! For instance, while I was in middle-school, I had this unforgettable poem on a couple who was highly addicted to TV. They watched Television for days and nights together; never did they make a single movement! It seemed as if Television was the one and only sole reason for them to stay alive. Suddenly, after a few days, the electricity went off making the screen go blank. Its just at that point of time that they looked at each other for the first time ever and exchanged some warm 'Hello's and 'How do you do's. However, just minutes later, the screen was back in motion and so was the couple back again glued to their precious TV set. Hence, they were never ever able to figure out what they were for each other as their so-called precious TV set never let them exchange any 'Who are you's!
Maybe, this example sounds a bit too graphical, but, it is true indeed! Therefore, someone had rightly said, "When Television is good, nothing is better, but remember, when it is bad, nothing is worse!" It is, indeed, an anesthetic pain of the modern world. It has been successful in destroying the peace and harmony in many homes. Also, its influence on children has been very bad. It has made a child from an irresistible force to an immovable object. Not to forget, how it takes away the privacy out of the lives of some. The sex, violence, rapes, murders, cheap dances and obscene scenes shown in TV series and films simply pollute the minds of the youth. These are just a few evils because of which the TV has gained a new nick- 'The Idiot Box'!
Thus, Television is a mixed blessing. All Television is educational Television. The question is: what is it teaching? It was certainly not intended to make humans vacuous, but, it is an emanation of their vacuity. The advantages and disadvantages of TV viewing are there. It is need of the hour that only good, healthy, educative, and moral programs are telecast on TV. After all, Entertainment is a must, but, it should be with a purpose!