Does television make you smarter or dumber? People call it “the idiot box” and “the boob tube.” We like to say that watching TV makes you stupid, but is it true?
Actually, it depends. For those children two years old and younger, watching TV, as a matter of fact, provides no educational benefits but harm. Kids during this age are supposed to spend time doing other activities including playing with others, interacting with their environment and trying to exchange information to those who can actually help them learn. Kids at this age are still under development, all of their sense organs are growing. They are too immature to capture and understand the meaning TV program delivers. On the contrary, they are better to involved in reality with surroundings but are not parked in front of the boob tube.
Conversely, study after study has shown that kids from 3 to 5 years old who watch an educational program for one hour a day are able to identify numbers, shapes, and letters better than those who don't. When 500 kids who had participated in studies were contacted later as teenagers, researchers found that those who had watched educational programs in preschool had better grades, placed more value on achievement, read more books, and were more creative than those who hadn't.