Negativity is all around us nowadays. If you turn on the TV you won’t find anything but bad news or a semi-good sitcom. I actually don’t possess a TV anymore for a bunch of reasons, but yesterday a friend made me watch it and this is what I experienced:
- bad posture
I felt like my IQ dropped 10 points. I couldn’t believe that there are still people actually watching television. And it made me angry. Why would somebody watch 7 minutes of advertisements every 15 minutes, just to see a random show that the audience can’t even choose for themselves. Why hasn’t everybody changed to the Internet by now? Doesn’t everybody know, that in the Internet you can watch whatever show you like, skip the advertisements and actually learn something?
And it’s not even that, which makes me angry. It’s the following reasons:
- TV makes you dumb
- It takes away your power of choice
And last but not least: It only shows you the negative side of the world.
After watching TV for 3 consecutive hours with my friend. I thought the world was going down. I “witnessed” corruption, world hunger, catastrophes, rape and much more.
You might think for yourself, that the universe in itself is a bad place and only bad things are happening around us. But what about the good deeds? Did you notice, that there are almost no news about good things happening in the world?
That’s mostly because we humans love bad news (source). And the news companies know that: if it bleeds, it leads. So as a consequence that’s all we get.
“When you’re young, you look at television and think, there’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.”
- Steve Jobs.
But consuming that amount of negativity a day can’t possibly be good for anyone. It makes you pessimistic and wires your brain to negative-thought patterns.
What you could do instead of watching television:
- Watch an informative documentary online
- Go to khanacademy.org and learn about economics, mathematics, medicine or something useful
- Go to Quora.com and learn new things
- learn how to code on codecademy.com
- Or my favourite past-time: Learning new things on Ted.com
So let’s stop this insanity and let’s learn something useful instead!
I’d like to finish my post with this inspiring TED Talk, which will make you think more about the actual state of our world.
Thanks for reading..Keep Improving! Your James.