Television: Boon or Bane for Students?

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One of the essentials, in today’s era, is a television, or a TV as we call it, in Indian households. While you’ll find a whole bunch of Indian parents howling on their kids to reduce their screen time, I, for one, think television can be a great mode of learning. It’s been a topic of debate for a long time, and everyone has a firm mindset already. However, if someone comes with an open mind and heart both sides, television can be more of a boon for students.


First and foremost, television is a striking creation of technology, and let us take a moment to appreciate the domain for its advancements. The ones who call it an “Idiot Box” are probably the fellow people who could not understand all the utilities of this device. And the fact that television also displays some sensitive content, especially for children or students, it is up to us how we utilize it.

Every coin has two sides, and so does every new invention. Similarly, Television can be both boon and bane for students. Nevertheless, some facts and psychology depict that it could be a great advantage for students.

Innovative Tool for liberal Education

Television is a medium for students to watch various educational programs from all over the world in the comfort of their homes. It has the potential of being one of the best modes of education as it involves both the visual and auditory sense organs. However, the very same television becomes a bane if there is an unplanned TV program management.

Improves General Knowledge

Just the bookish knowledge can’t take you far. Being a responsible citizen you should know about current affairs or other domains such as politics, geographical changes, climate changes, etc. The news and all discovery channels impart learning in these fields. Not only these channels are good for a student’s basic learnings, but they are also very engrossing and entertaining.

Companion in leisure time

Sure our parents tell us to go out rather than sit in front of the TV and waste our time. But if we talk about this lockdown, television has been a great companion for all. Be it early in the morning or late at night, television always has some enthusiastic shows to offer. The vast range of shows and the different variety is pretty intriguing.


Children love sports but as a matter of fact, there is no particular guidance or archetype for them to learn from or idealize. However, television has a great range of sports channels and displays EVERY sports one can potentially think of. Watching from the professionals, students often tend to idealize and decide their specific career choice in different sports.

Contrary to these advantages, television can be harmful in certain ways if the children come across some inappropriate programs and try to follow them. Moreover, television can also be a bit time-consuming. But apart from that, I see this as a win-win situation for parents and students.

Alen Corenk has wittingly said, “Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.” It is true to a certain extent, and we yet have to unfold the extreme utilities of a television.

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