It should come as no surprise that I disagree with Mindweapon.
as he told me, when he is home and he wants to watch a soccer game, his kids object that they want to keep watching their cartoons. I told him that letting his kids watch television will intellectually cripple them and set them up for drug addiction and sexual degeneracy in their later lives, as has been observed here in the USA, which has been modern longer than India.
It was like a rhetorical sucker punch for him, albeit with no malice behind it. He gasped “What?” and touched his hand to his chest and took some deep breaths. “What are you talking about? Cartoons lead to drug addiction and sexual . . . problems?
… You put kids in front of the TV and they acquire a taste for junk stimuli — they need more and more stimuli to not be bored. They lose the ability to self soothe, and self entertain, to just be happy just being. They always need stronger and stronger stimuli from the very high baseline of television, and television shows them where to get that stimuli — sexual promiscuity and strong drugs like cocaine and heroin. On the other hand, kids who grow up without TV sit on the floor and play with toys, and make up imaginative worlds in their head, so they know how to be happy playing with a cardboard box, or having an imaginary tea party with theri dollies, or driving a toy car around the house and they imagine they are racing across a continent. Kids like that are much more successful, they will find learning math and science interesting and engaging, they will find the world of drugs addicts boring and stupid and yecchy, like you do.
Kids who make up imaginative worlds in their heads are often very ill-suited to practical action in the real world.
Kids who watch TV with peers often emerge as collaborators with (and leaders of) their peers.
Certainly the plug-in drug, television, should not be given at the same dosage to everyone. But likewise, simply forbidding TV and video games is not a panacea.
Further, it is absurd to suggest that the USA is recovering from modernity – even if a few Yanks are recovering, most of them are sinking.
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