Is TV Really That Bad For You?

Is TV Really That Bad For You?

Kayden Barrett, Contributer

Do your parents ever get on your nerves because they just won’t let you watch TV? They say it’s bad for us, but is it really that bad? Couldn’t it be informational, give you time to relax, and can help you boost your creativity. For these reasons, TV is actually good for you.

My first reason TV is actually good for you is TV can be very informative and help kids and teens learn. According to Media Smarts, “Television can teach kids important values and life lessons. Educational programming can develop young children’s socialization and learning skills. News, current events, and historical programming can help make young people more aware of other cultures and people.” I also have learned stuff from TV and just shows in general. I have learned stuff about culture, lots of history, and many more new things.

My second reason is it gives you time to relax and helps your mental health. UCLA Health says, “Popular television shows and movies can bolster teenagers’ mental health and help them cope with bullying, sexual assault, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and depression when these issues are depicted with empathy and appropriate resources are provided.” As you can see it’s important to take care of yourself and you can always sit down to watch a show if you’re feeling stressed.

My last reason is that it can boost your creativity. According to, “According to the stimulation hypothesis, viewing television enriches the store of ideas from which children can draw when engaged in imaginative play or creative tasks.” I know I have had lots of new ideas from tv shows, whether it be painting, cooking, and just random projects you can do with many things at home.

Tv can be informative, help your mental health, and even boost your creativity. After researching these reasons, as you can see Tv isn’t really that bad for us. So next time your parents say “Tv melts your brain,” you can show them this article and have a debate over it, but don’t get into too much trouble.