According to the New York Times, modern television can be beneficial. (Shocking, I know. If you don’t believe me, I’ll provide a link to this article at the end of this post. Warning, it’s a bit lengthy.) Basically, the article states that today’s shows are much more intricate than in previous decades; and because of a more thought provoking plot, we engage more parts of our brain, using it more frequently, thus, making us smarter. The article is from 2005, but considering it claims more modern TV shows have more complexity, the article should logically increase in validity as television evolves. So, how does this claim consider the awful reality TV and other such nonsense we are subjected to? Well, even though some shows that are around today are still rather simple (to say the least), they are still packed with more information than most shows back then. Today,”You have to focus to follow the plot, and in focusing you’re exercising the parts of your brain that map social networks, that fill in missing information, that connect multiple narrative threads.”. So, while this isn’t necessarily proven, it does make quite a bit of sense that TV, in some way, can make you smarter (or at the very lest, make you use your brain more often). So who’s going to run to their mom screaming that she lied to you and television won’t rot your brain?
PS – If you do read the article, I’d love to hear your opinion on it 🙂 Especially the last section “The Rewards of Smart Culture” Is our culture becoming more intelligent?
NY TIMES ARTICLE