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Addiction to TV Kills Creativity

Updated on June 9, 2017
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The Great Pursuits of Ancient Men

When my thoughts go back to the times gone by, it occurs to me that people then were very fond of exploring and creating wonderful things. How they used to imagine beautiful idioms and proverbs, songs and dramas.How wonderful epics, complex but beautiful and graceful dances and musical compositions were created by those very creative people.

We sing those great compositions and perform the beautiful dances even today, and marvel at such stunning creations. It is so great a contribution of those great men that we still follow most of the same grammar rules, idioms and proverbs in our writing. So many historical monuments like Pyramids of Egypt, Taj Mahal in India, The Great China Wall, The Colosseum in Rome,Hanging Gardens of Babylone, Caves of Ajanta and Allora in India and so on are examples of the wonderful creativity of those fantastic people.

The history says that kings used to patronize the great artisans,and they were encouraged generations on to bring out the wonderful architecture, paintings, literature,dances, statues etc. without harboring even an iota of worry of their livelihood. As a result, all creative people succeeded in carving out masterpieces in so many diverse fields.

These artifacts are now greatly admired and appreciated and those artisans and artists are remembered with all reverence.Those people knew how to leave impressions behind for arousing wonder and awe in the minds of the posterity.They were very successful in their all endeavors only because they had all the time for undertaking such remarkable tasks. They were not used to fritter away their valuable time in idleness and worthless ventures.

Watching TV and playing video games have become great time killers today for modern youth. It is, no doubt, that technological progress is going on, but spiritual and moral decline is rampant. TV has become a great monster who does not allow man to indulge in creative pursuits any more. A few are blessed and has the tenacity to challenge this mighty adversary. However, a majority of the people are entangled in the charming and lethal web thrown by this crafty magician at them.The ancient men were far intelligent and insightful so far creative pursuits are concerned. Their achievements in creative fields cannot be matched now.

TV Watching : Great Addiction Today

In contrast to above, just watch the modern man. He is, most of the time, glued to the television every morning and every evening, whiling away the precious time. He has no time to play host to his guests in a right and cordial manner. He wants them to just go away so that he could watch his favorite serials/episodes/movies or play video games. He has no time to have a walk in the garden and to be in the midst of mother nature to savor her beauty and splendor. He takes interest only in watching creations of other people in the television, but does not want to think independently for himself.

Most of his time is consumed in watching TV and playing video games.The devastating effect of all this obsession is that he has lost interest in his own creativity.All finer sensibilities are aroused in the mind when one gives an ample thought to the happenings around and cares about the plight of the people. He is so occupied with the wilderness of meaningless flow of TV materials that he rarely spares time to contemplate on mutual co-operation and friendly relations.

His sensibilities have turned into stones and he is all deaf to the concerns of humankind. After money making obsession, watching TV has become a lifelong passion for most of the people. This addiction is so severe that man is losing all mutual understanding that is called for a vibrant society. If this nefarious addiction continues, it will create further conflicts and dissatisfaction among the masses.

H. Prather said " Being careless toward another leads to being careless toward myself ". This statement is very relevant today as we are moving toward a careless society. We have no time to learn a real art of life as most of our time is devoted to TV shows and video games. It is so dismal a scenario that no return seems possible now. A change of mindset is all that is required very badly.

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Why we need time to Reflect

" At every step even the most trivial activities of life call for intellectual analysis of their motives and methods ". ( Nirad C Chaudhury ) " If you want to know your future, look at what you are doing in this moment " ( Ancient Tibetan teaching ). " The best way to predict your future is to create it " ( Stephen Cavey ).

The above words of wisdom clearly convey that our life is meant for experiencing a fine balance, happiness, décor, rhythm and vibrancy. But what are we doing today? we are merging our psyche into a vast ocean of trivial ventures. Our day starts with TV and ends with TV. It seems that TV is our only reliable companion and teacher. Whatever it churns out, we get attracted toward it blindly. Whatever ideas it spreads, we gladly imbibe into our lives without going into its adverse effects.

Visual impressions are so strong that a man rarely escapes their glamour and charm. If we cling most of the time to the worthless assimilation of thought patterns depicted in TV shows, what would be our future ? We assume watching TV as an harmless activity, but it is exerting a powerful and lasting impact on young impressionable minds. It is, in fact, creating havoc with the lives of the youth. They have no time for creative activities, and are rather living in a fanciful artificial life portrayed by TV serials.

J . Krishnamurti said " Your mind is part of society, it is society ". If society exhibits violent traits and negative tendencies today, it is due to the unhealthy perceptions of our minds. Since we are constantly feeding our minds on the ill-conceived programs, the society is turning out to be not a very ideal one for mutual growth of humanity. There has to be some kind of restraint in this regard to avert man's plunge into the continuous degeneration and decay of loftier value system.

Adverse Effects of Watching TV

It has been observed that people who are avid TV watchers get obese soon and invite various diseases for themselves. They easily lose all fitness gradually. Students who develop keen interest in TV shows and playing video games most of the time lose interest in their studies. It has been established that excellence in studies has nothing to do with watching the so called knowledge oriented serials shown in the idiot box.

On the contrary to it, kids doing well in studies, sports, music,literature etc. take keen interest in their respective fields leaving the vociferous TV in its rightful place i.e. by the side of a corner of wall of the house. It has also been noticed that children lose eyesight and inculcate violent habits in them from watching the nefarious and violent TV Shows, cartoon serials and playing video games.

Having main thrust on ads, quality programs are just a handful, and most of the other programs promote brazen aggressiveness, obscenity and immorality. The adverse effects are surmounting, and the children and youth is a distracted and misguided lot. If the youth is not positive and strong in his/her character, this will result into turning out weak nations on the map of the world.

In spite of these, who would claim that TV is any good for our lives. It has every thing that points toward self-destruction. So life without television is a better option. It'll instill peace in our lives and give enough time for creativity and self development. It would also give us enough time to develop better and cordial mutual relations.

Conclusion : TV-Watching, A Bane

It is always a better option to discard TV and engage with some fruitful activities. We will thus save a lot of time for ourselves and inculcate nicer traits in us. When we have enough time, we will reflect on very positive aspects of our surroundings. We will usher in a better understanding and fellow feeling toward one another. Not only this, we will shine in every activity, be it a sport, literature, philosophy, architecture, drama, social work and so on.

Society, as a whole, will be a kind, just and magnanimous one. If we assess pros and cons of phenomenon of addiction of watching TV and video games, we will find the more destructive aspect of it. Time has come to call the idiot box to shut up its mouth once and for all, it'll instill a real peace, tranquility and all calmness in our lives.

We'll thus prosper in a real sense with emergence of all round development of our personality. Creativity will also be blessed, as it will find enthusiasts in abundance. Come on, kick this chattering fellow,this idiot box hard and become a free bird again, and venture into the sky of wonderful creativity and bliss !

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      Harish Mamgain 18 months ago from India

      Thanks Hari. Sure,I'll love to go through your content.

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      Hari Prasad S 18 months ago from Bangalore

      Nice hub Harish.

      Check my poem art matters and internet addiction.

      - hari

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Mary, I'm so glad for your presence on this hub. TV -watching cannot be stopped altogether, but as you say we should have a balance in our lives. This hub was intended toward that objective. Thanks for reading this stuff and presenting such nice comments.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I grew up with no television, not even electricity till I was about 16 yrs. old. I very seldom watch TV, I think it is a big time killer. I think people should have a balance in their lives.

      Very interesting and informative Hub. Voted UP, etc.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Thanks, Chinaimport for your visit to this hub. I' m glad that you read this hub and offered your valuable comments.

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      Kamal Mohta 3 years ago from Guangzhou

      TV similar to books or the internet is only a technological tool which delivers content. You have control over what to watch and how much to watch. In my opinion, TV is also source of news and information coming via multiple channels. Moreover, TV is going to stay as an integral part of our lifestyle.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Jasdeep, it felt nice that being so young, you still liked this hub. The whole world is in the grip of advanced technology. We must utilize it to our utmost benefit but it becomes a matter of worry in our life when we lose all human touch. Love, affection, empathy, sympathy, compassion, co-operation, appreciation, cheerfulness, togetherness, humor etc. should necessarily occupy niches in our mind. It'll instill all happiness in our being. If not, we'll be akin to robots and machines. Thanks for reading this hub, appreciating and presenting such elaborate and thoughtful comments.

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      Laddi Singh 3 years ago from (Punjab) India

      Yes all the great stuff whether we talk about Literature, Dancing, Painting,Writing etc or any other masterpieces in so many diverse fields are only possible due to the creativity of those great Ancient peoples.because old is always gold !lol!.TV, Internet and all modern technologies are really affecting our creativity and modern youth are becoming the slaves of these kinds of things is a major problem in front of us.Thanks for this beautiful Hub.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      What a lovely comment, Bill. This time, you are too generous in your praise. You have pointed out truly that it is our life that is really more curious, more entertaining, more profound, more subtle and whatever limit you go to penetrate into this most creative phenomenon that is called "life" . Pity is that we take it for granted and never give it the kind of observation and attention. You never feel bored, my friend cause you have really understood what life is all about. Thank you very much for reading and commenting so nicely on this hub. Your words are really like a treasure for me. All peace and happiness. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We do not own a television. I haven't had one for seven years now. Why do I need one? What can a television do for me that life cannot? I am never bored and I love each day...and I don't miss tv at all. You and I have some similar beliefs about life. I admire you my friend.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Tolovai, your point of view is all welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wish all success to Tolovai in their enterprise.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Thanks, Michelle for stopping by and commenting so nicely on this hub. Much peace. :-)

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Well said. We need time to reflect and we've become so addicted that we can't live without TV. A and these days, the Internet. Thanks for sharing, and I share too.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Brain needs less energy to watch TV than or sleep. I think this tells all we should know about the 'benefits' of watching TV, right?

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      It seems I am too harsh toward this lovely attractive box, however, moderation is all to continue a love affair with it and spare some hours to relish our own passions. Thanks, teaches12345, for visiting the hub and appreciation.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love this message. I find that we sometimes get in the pull of watching TV on weeknights because we are tired from the day's activities. Now, we watch for this lull and motivate ourselves to do something more productive. It can cause social life to diminish, cognitive reductiona and lead to health issues. Great message!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Dana, it is a matter of great satisfaction that on the point of some restriction for watching TV, we seem to be unanimous. Only this much, I wanted to convey through this hub. I think, when a flood comes, it takes it toll but we always take cautionary measures to avert the maximum loss, don't we ? So nice of you to have visited my hub and appreciated it so kindly,as ever. Thanks for your constant support. Be cheerful and all peace. :-)

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Harishprasad: How I love your very informative hubs. I think you are well aware of how I feel about creativity, and how using our creative abilities brings glory to God. I enjoy having a balance in my life. I make time for t.v.- reading- and listening to music. It seems to round me out in away and I become more creative. Personally I do feel people watch too much t.v. technology period has made the younger generation, well lets just say less active.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      It was just a passing thought and I decided to bring forth a hub around it. I'm convinced that total boycott of the fascinating box is not feasible ; nonetheless, most of the guys will agree on some kind of moderation. Devika, thank you for appreciating this stuff. All peace & happiness. :-)

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      ChitrangdaSharan, I'm aware that time is running fast and new frontiers are opening up before us, old period is now encased in the mind of the past which we can retrieve and remember sometimes with nostalgia. You are right that the present generation is forward-thinking and cannot look back. We also are in the strong grip of this fast trend. You see, I did not include the obsession with Internet which is a strong craze among youth ; I'm also addicted to it though for a different reason ( a mild smile on my face ). Am I a hypocrite then ? Lol....I agree with you that excess of everything is bad. Thanks a lot for appreciating the hub and presenting the elaborate comments. Much happiness & all peace !

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Avoid TV: Embrace Creativity, I so agree with you the watching of too much of television has made us motionless. I choose my time for television and prefer being creative with outdoor activities but he winter here keeps me indoors on most days due to rain and cold. Awesome hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and thought provoking hub! I agree with you that creativity is affected due to too much time spent in front of T.V.

      Too much of everything is bad, even technology. But times have changed and may be we have seen those days that we do tend to compare. The present generation does not and can not think like that.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      So nice of you to have read and presented such lovely comments. I was also very fond of watching films on TV in my childhood days. In those days, cable wasn't there and only two channels were available for audience ; still I was too crazy and passionate about watching the movies that were in black & white. Now I watch cricket matches and news. We can't altogether ignore the magic of the box but some kind of restraint is all that is required. I'm not sure whether diehards will welcome it..Lol...thanks, John and all happiness and peace. :-)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good hub Harishprasad. As a child/teenager I used to watch too much tv, although I did balance it also by playing a lot of sport. However I watched so much that I amazed my parents by knowing what time and channel every tv show was on(we did only have four channels then). Now however our tv is only turned on at night and if there is a show we particularly like eg. football for me.We do not have cable/pay tv however and I have no intention of ever getting it.

      I think now days as well as tv and video games, the Internet is also taking up our interest and time, although at least you can be creative on the computer (like writing for Hub Pages) and interactive. Good points, voted up.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Eric, I so agree with you in spite of all that I have mentioned in my " crusade" against the very glamorous box...lol.. The time schedule fixed by you and your son is like spices in meals ; who can object to that ? So kind of you to have visited this hub as you do with my every fresh hub. I loved your nice comments, as ever. Thank you and all happiness and much peace. :-)

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      kerlund74, so nice of you to have stopped by and offered such a kind comment. Thank you. All peace.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh I object! I watch "shows" without commercials at least 4 hours a week. It relaxes me and the shows I choose are good. --- hihihihi. The programs for my son he watches about 6 hours a week and they are PBS teach reading shows and of course fun with numbers.

      You are so right on with this hub and I love your for writing it. TV is our tool and not our master. But it is really cool when the Super Readers fly around to change stories and rescue red riding hood.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Hard to be creative when one are fed with "flowing" entertainment. I think you have some points here, great hub!