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You can reach the same wealth of knowledge through books, and in fact usually get a better sense of the topic when researching it yourself. You can switch to different books, and search for ebooks. When you are done learning and are ready to relax, you can switch to a different genre of book. I fail to se how your arguments pertain solely to TV, and how they give any argument for why TV is better, because books have the same properties that you described.
1. Books can make you relax equally as much as TV, and according to some studies, more. Additionally, if you are watching TV to relax before bed, there are concerns about blue light from the screen disturbing your Melanin production, making you unable to sleep as well as you would if not for your blue light causing screen.
2. Generally, books tend to give more information than tv because books can tell the reader something from inside a characters mind, and really go in depth, while TV is more surface level.
3. While people might think they enjoy TV more, you are unable to achieve the same level of deep thought from TV as from reading, which makes it a rather unfulfilling experience.
A lot of this is taken from an article, however that does not discount its validity.
I believe that books are better than TV. I am not discounting television at all. All I am saying is that books are better. In 2013, there was a study performed at Tohoku University in Japan. A team led by Hiraku Takeuchi examined the effects of television on the brains of 276 children, along with amount of time spent watching TV and its long-term effects. Researcher Takeuchi found that the more TV the kids watched, parts of their brain associated with higher arousal and aggression levels became thicker. The frontal lobe also thickened, which is known to lower verbal reasoning ability.
The more hours of television the kids watched, the lower their verbal test results became. These negative effects in the brain happened regardless of the child's age, gender, and economic background.
In the same year, a study was done on how reading a novel affected the brain. Gregory Burns and his colleagues at Emory University wanted to see the before and after effects of reading based on fMRI readings.
College students were asked to read Pompeii by Robert Harris, a thriller based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The book was chosen due to its strong narration and a dramatic plot based on true events.
After reading the novel, the students had increased connectivity in parts of the brain that were related to language. There was also increased activity in the sensory motor region of the brain, suggesting that readers experienced similar sensations to the characters in the book.
There are also long-term effects from reading books. Reading keeps your mind alert and delays cognitive decline in elders. Research even found that Alzheimer's is 2.5 times less likely to appear in elderly people who read regularly, while TV was presented as a risk factor.
Six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by 68%, according to researchers at the University of Sussex. Reading beat out other relaxing activities, including listening to music (61%), drinking tea or coffee (54%), and taking a walk (42%).
I am probably a good person but I haven't taken the time to fill out my profile, so you'll never know!