Unless it is educational or informative, I am a firm believer that television, video games and all media in general truly DOES atrophy the brain…and according to statistics on how many hours a day/week that the average citizen spends in front the t.v., playing video games, using computers for entertainment purposes, etc. the muscles must become atrophied as well…lol!!! Just having a television in one’s presence, in a home or even in public places means exposure to the media and other mindless advertisements impossible to escape. I personally would never watch television if it weren’t for my roommate who wastes his life in front of the thing. When I live alone I do not even own a television because if I did…I would watch it…even though I don’t want to. But my roommate’s overwhelming, self-destructive desire to veg in front of the t.v. makes it nearly impossible often not to join him on the couch. Sure, it is fun and enjoyable and “passes time” comfortably…BUT WHO HAS SO MUCH TIME THAT THEY NEED TO FIND SOMETHING LIKE T.V.TO PASS IT…as if they have TOO MUCH TIME? C’mon! But drugs are fun and enjoyable too. Just like anything at which we grasp for the sole purpose of wallowing in the pleasure it exudes, it will eventually come to an end, leaving us wanting more. So we spend all our time chasing that feeling, channel surfing for the perfect movie, downloading or buying the “best game ever” or setting hours aside each and every day in order to keep up with specific, ‘favorite’ t.v. shows. Do these behaviors sound familiar or similar to another form of addiction?
I believe that in the future, people who are avid watchers/players – “media-junkies” - will be classified as having a disease, just as drug addiction became classified as a disease. In the future, televisions and video games, as they currently operate and exist, will come to an end. The way in which we access and use media will be vastly different than it is today. Addiction to media really is a serious and growing threat to all generations, and future generations will suffer from this problem exponentially worse than this generation if nothing drastic is done to change it. It truly does destroy lives. It is almost like the Prussian Education Model for hindering citizens from reaching their full potential in order to produce uneducated citizens to use for slave labor. I know people who will not go into work or school simply because they are in the middle of a “serious” game, or because they are so tired from staying up all night watching television. It IS an epidemic…but it also makes lots of money for lots of people and getting rid of it entirely is impossible. So, like I said before, something DRASTIC must occur in order to commence a drastic change. We have absolutely no future as a civilization with the way we currently use media…a luxury we cannot afford to continue. Whatever happened to socializing and having a good time with friends IN PERSON?