I'm a bit of an oddball among writers, because I don't condemn the tv screen set. To the contrary, I do think everyone, and especially serious writers, should watch lots of TV, including TV comedies and dramas, for the reason that audio/visual format offers a perspective which you can't receive reading a singular. This flies when confronted with the most popular rant, that TV is really a scourge that needs to be eliminated in the entertainment landscape.
Alternatively, the recent trend has been to watch more TV plus more movies and read less, when one reads, to learn non-fiction rather than fiction. The reasons given range between "Reading is hard" to "Novels are uninformative." But what most people don't realize is that the written word, and fiction specifically, provides benefits you can't receive from other media. By way of example:
Reading fiction can assist you boost your manners. A 2008 study by Raymond Mar found out that people who read more fiction score higher on tests of empathy and social acumen, which those who continue reading non-fiction score lower. Perhaps because through fiction, you feel the characters' social interactions and relationships in ways impossible generally non-fiction.
Reading fiction energizes the imagination. While reading fiction, the mind reconstructs each scene in much more detail compared to author described it. It lets you do so by visualizing the non-existent people and places of the story, often basing these visualizations on a person and places you have often seen. Here is the human ability to imagine, to daydream, to take a position, to ponder. To be able to imagine separates us from other animals. It allows us to strategize, to organize, to reason, to master, to make a better world than existed before.
Books are less costly hour-for-hour of entertainment than movies or DVD's. Specifically in tight economic times, it seems sensible to foster the enjoyment of written fiction. For the same amount a 2-hour movie or DVD costs, you may get a book that will entertain you for days, or weeks. Or borrow it from the local library free of charge.
Reading relieves stress, and does not overstimulate like TV can. Most advanced television programming is designed to capture your attention by constantly pinging your mind with abrupt sounds and transitions. This gears your head up and helps to create stress. Research at the University of Sussex learned that reading is effective in reducing stress levels by up to 68 percent. Or as cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis put it, "Losing yourself in the book will be the ultimate relaxation."
Fiction permits us to enter the narrative, imagine ourselves there, in such a way that non-fiction can't. Obviously any good biography is finished before you start reading it, because it's about a real person. Even if you have no idea the specific good a certain biographical figure, biographies are seldom revealed losers, whereas the loser may be the staple of the fictional story. Or together English teacher from Wichita, Kansas use it, "Fiction's unknowability causes it to become a whole lot like Life once we has it."
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