Simple Ways to Increase Your Intelligence - Not watch TV????

@rodveiga (335)
Portugal
January 15, 2009 8:29am CST
I was reading an article yesterday about things people do to, apparently, increase their intelligence. There are simple things like - Reading challenging, mentally stimulating books, learning new words and getting new ideas about new things - Take time to meditate, to think, to reflect about things - To go to bed early, and try to wake up early - Make puzzles, crosswords - Exercise, so it's true the phrase "Healthy body, healthy mind" and this one that make me get puzzled: - Minimize Television watching Why? I don't vegetate in front of my TV set but I think watching the news and several other programs (not soap operas, of course, I know that!...) increase our knowledge... Don't you think so?
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
15 Jan 09
i seldom watch tv unless it is historical or non fiction (ie decorating) but when i watch tv, i am usually doing something crafty (ie weaving or crocheting) i tend to read a lot, but i only read non fiction (history or decorating).
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@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
15 Jan 09
I usually watch TV while I'm mending things, knitting, or doing some crafts I do for releasing stress. I don't read the subtitles (I try not to) so I tend to increase my understanding of foreign languages (spanish, italian, mostly english) I love to read, I read everything I can lol Have a nice day and thanks for replying
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• Philippines
16 Jan 09
the funny thing here is we, who have reached adulthood are the ones who are mostly watching tv programs during our lazy hours only...that is, aside from having devoted those fixed hours for our favorite programs. the young ones are the ones who are glued to the set most of the times. they do not watch those regular programs actually. they maybe watching movies via the dvd or downloaded it from the internet or, they may spending hours singing videoke. the young ones then lose all the hours which should have been spent studying and trying to learn new things. most kids do not even relate well with their neighbors and friends anymore. they find contentment being home alone with the tv set as company.
• Ireland
15 Jan 09
I remember when I was a child I speant days watching discovery channel and animal planet... a lot of what i learned is still in my memory today....Thou i do think that to remember something from the tv you need to watch it a few times...there is too much information.... and our mind is actually not as active as when we are reading or doing something more stimulating...just lyke playing computer games our brain is actually less active when we play them
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
15 Jan 09
HI I love Discovery Channel and National Geographic, too. I pick information there to teach my kids, do you believe it? Some computer games are educative, too.
• Malaysia
16 Jan 09
well, t.v not just giving us entertainment only. there are not false to watch t.v. depend on what chanel are you watching. i like animal planet also. aspecial deep sea ,i like sea creture.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Hi Never saw Animal planet.. I guess we (in Portugal) don't have that channel. Guess is like National Geographic, isn't it?
@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
I think it would depend on what kind of shows people watch. There are shows that one could gain knowledge from like the current events, informative talk shows and a lot lot more. Even Sesame Street kids can learn from watching it and I am one of them who learned from the show when I was still a kid so, I disagree. Ciao!
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Yes, you're right. Sesame street is a good example of a good kids program. Unfortunately, here in Portugal we don't get it. But my kids have some books with that strange and so funny characters...
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
Hey I didn't know that Sesame Street has a book! I hope the copy is available in my country.
@srijshm (1165)
• India
15 Jan 09
Tv is certainly not an enemy but getting hooked on tv is enemy of your health, wealth & as you said your intelligence too. My friend put it beautifully "I thank TV for all my success, whenever the TV at home was switched on, i went to other room & started reading"- hoW true: reading can really contribute in many positive ways to our life. A way to regulate TV will be to watch TV for less than an hour. A few more ways to improve your intelligence: Make a consious effort to do things with your right hand. Early moring- "write", write whatever comes to your mind, even if these thoughts are absolutely illogical. Spend time with children below 5 years.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
I have read that beautiful quote somewhere, I don't remember where. Thanks for replying, have a happy day. By the way, when you say "do things with your right hand", are you left handed? I ask because if you are dexterous, the right hand is your main hand... we must try to do something with your other hand... I am ambidextrous (I write with both hands) and I try to keep me that way.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
16 Jan 09
I am dexterous, but i was wrong, i wanted to write "do things with your left hand". when one uses thier left hand, the right lobe of the brain gets activated. It is this part of the brain that deals with creativity. I have always thougt that creativity & intelligence are inter-related. I have always admired & evied people who are comfortable with both hands. cheers!!
• India
15 Jan 09
Ya watching news and other intellectual programs really does help us but for some people they really dont care and understand the real thing and blame the television for all the wrongs that they do and blame it at last to the one which would not argue against its claims..i think people should think practically before giving suggestions like this and i think that will bring more things to follow in the exercises than this stupid suggestion that they have given you... Happy Mylotting
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Hi maybe it is not stupid but I guess the person who wrote it is angry with some TV shows, or that kind of thing... maybe... I think TV has good things (and bad things, also) and is up to us to choose what we want or must see and the things we don't need to see. happy myLotting, and thanks.
• Malaysia
16 Jan 09
haha, happy mylotting.. depend what chanel you watch, it's your choice. television just a "thing" ,it's a machine.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
Nice post! If I were to make a summary of the things written above. It simply says that we should not be lazy. In other words we have to utilize the talents and skills God gave us. God himself exemplified work when he created the universe. I'm still wondering how we learn. God is so good for giving us brain and memory. We keep on learning during our entire life. But in all of the things I've learned, one that I can really be proud of is learning that there is God and I was able to Him more each day. Regarding watching television, I guess our knowledge is limited when we watch TV. There is so little interaction just sitting in front the tube. It gives you less time to work and our reflexes are not really stimulated by it. Though watching TV also give us additional info, it cannot give us the learnings when we are directly involved to real physical works.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Hi I use to say "I'm not lazy, I don't have time for that", lol With two youngsters, a 10 hours work, two cats and a husband, I have to sleep 6 hours to get all things done in time, lol I manage my readings on the bus, learn a new language at lunch hour and exercise walking 3Km in the morning to get to my work. Thanks for your reply. Have a nice, full of happiness day.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
That's good.... I observed that when I have many things to do, I tend to avoid watching television. During times when there's nothing to do, I watch TV. I guess there's a correlation between laziness and watching television too much. :)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
the obvious reason here is the fact that if we keep on watching television programs, we no longer read, we no longer think deeply, we can no longer find so much time for exercise and other matters that will make us healthier in mind and body. this is because, we will spend all those useful hours in front of the tv set. this is true for a lot of persons around the world. as of now, the television set has an excellent competitor - the computer which is hooked with the internet in our very own homes! before the issue had been on very young kids hooked on tv from morning till night. now, young kids and adults are hooked on the computer doing internet surfing even until the wee hours of the night. so, if you only use that tv set to watch some favorite programs and the newscast, there is no danger there. the danger lurks upon those who indulge so much time such that the other things that have to be done are being set aside and forgotten forever in favor of watching tv programs morning till night.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Shame on me... I work on computer programming so I guess I am hooked on this little piece of "maniac stuff". I spend more time on my PC then on other things. But I have an excuse, I need that to work, so I'm proud to say that I work on the only thing I ever wanted to work. Not so many people can say that, I know. To release stress and increase my other brain parts, I paint, I knit, I craft and I do all kind of paper craft things. Thanks for you reply. Bye
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
I think watching soap operas or less educational program are the one which are not allowed to watch. It is because they mostly occupy emotional basis. Educational programs progress our knowledge.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Yes, that's right, for sure. Have an wonderful day and thanks for replying.
• India
16 Jan 09
i do agre with you i do not mostly watch movie,i mostly watch whioch can entertain me and teach me something about anything,watching the daily soap is one of my unlike work ,which i think can only waist time nothing else
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
I don't like soaps, never did. And I don't have time for that, too Thanks for your reply, have an wonderful myLotting
• India
16 Jan 09
Well you may have a point there. I too watch only the news channels and the documentary channels and I must admit that I have learnt a lot from them. However, I do think TV can be addictive i.e we may be watching informative programmes only for a few weeks but after a certain time, we are more likely to surf and switch channels and end up spending more time in front of the TV. And watching TV is not really exercising the intelligence section of our brain…we maybe exercising the memory part in trying to stack away all that info, but are we really thinking hard on something even as we watch the news or that great documentary? Its more of a visual thing with a tendency to memorize, but that’s hardly any stimulation for the brain.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Well, if you have 40 channels or more, you must exercise your memory to remember what number one specific channel has. If you can't remember, you'll have to exercise your finger, zapping from one to another, on your remote... LOL
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
16 Jan 09
It is true that watching varied informative programs and educational telecasts and following news enhances your knowledge and also awarenes about current affairs but the underlying assumption in that statement is that there should be a healthy time devoted for that too and for selective programs. TV abounds in entertainment and this non stop entertainment would only encourage passive time pass and not lead to any productive diversion and channelising of intelligence. This definitely needs channelling of the lessons we learn in the course of our daily chores. Passivity is the underlying assumption in that sttement I feel.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Thanks for you kind reply. Have an wonderful day.
@nigenh (167)
• India
16 Jan 09
eat healthy, think gud, be creative, exercise well & dnt watch any soaps :P
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Yes, you're right. Like I use to say "soaps only on the table plate"... LOL
• United States
16 Jan 09
Man is made up of multiple intelligences. We learn through seeing, hearing, moving, dealing with people, thinking, sequencing and the list goes on and on. Watching tv falls under learning by sight. Some people learn faster than others through watching tv. If you notice this, at school TV is a medium of learning you will find inside the classroom. I think instead of not watching we should limit tv watching so we can find other things that can stimulate our brain to learn.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Yes, I think so too. Like everything else on life, TV must be seen in the right amount. Not few, so you can learn something sometimes with it, not much so you can do other challenging things too. Thank you for replying. Have a nice day.
@inuceres (342)
• Philippines
16 Jan 09
if that so,..why other said television is our updater,..because without reading we know what the t.v message informing us,..
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Well, it depends on what you see on TV. Have a happy myLotting day
@Fortunata (1137)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Me too. Why are there lots of educational channels like HGTV, Discovery, and TLC, then? Somebody must be watching them. I know I do!
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Maybe there are a lot of that kind of channels for increase TV quality... Thanks for replying, have an wonderful day
• Indonesia
15 Jan 09
maybe wat it meant there was the entertainment on television, not the news..coz for me news is important, very important ! i rarely watch television, i only watch maybe 1 or 2 times a day, in a very short hour, maximum just 2 hours lol..i do not like TV that much, i only wanna watch the news..not the useless gossip or sth else lol but i do watch a cartoon sometimes based on my mood lol.. i think all the items uve mentioned above was right rodveiga and its an interesting new knowledges for me, i can memorize it and use it for my goodness, i want to increase my intelligence too lol..=D thank u lol
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Thanks for replying. Have a nice myLot.
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
I think watching tv , reading books, surfing the net, etc. all contributes with our intelligence. Tv is one of the first resources that we have that made us learn from it. My kids watch tv and they learned from DORA and they learned to sing and dance through it. You are right in some ways but I just maintain what I have to gain intelligence be it watching tv or reading.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
You mean "Dora, the explorer"? My kids have some books of her, it's so funny...
@kaka135 (13434)
• Malaysia
15 Jan 09
Well, I think it depends. Perhaps the article is referring to the people who always sit in front of the tv, watching the tv programs without doing any other activities? I did read an article similar to that too. Watching less tv can make us happier. Perhaps when we watch less tv, and spend more time in other activities, we will gain more happiness and also intelligence?
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
Yes, I guess we can watch Tv without being dumb, if we do other things too. A lot of TV and less of other more challenging activities is bad. Thanks for replying. Have a happy myLotting day.
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
well well well, TV does not make us dull nor stupid. my 2 year old cousin would know a lots of things from watching education programs. and i gather lots of information in TV. the updates and the current events, so i guess nobody can say the watching TV or minimizing in watching TC can make person intelligent. anyways, if you want to be intelligent then try to register here in Mylot and keep posting discussions and blogs, for sure youll be intelligent.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
15 Jan 09
LOL I love your answer... I'm registered in MyLot, have you noticed that? My kids also learn a lot from TV but they just watch it for almost an hour, everyday. No more than that... Have a good MyLotting
@swatig (1187)
• India
15 Jan 09
Its is same wht im thinking earlier. TV, news and other programs might increase the knowledge and update any whoever watching but prolong watching infuse you the negative engeries and have the power to change your thinking process. this i have experience but you might be not. so im in favor to watch TV to its minimum and read the newspaper instead. Keep Smiling :) Swatig
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
16 Jan 09
I really don't read newspapers, they are expensive so I read the news on Internet. But I read books, from our municipal library, and try to get as many ebooks as I can, lol I endorse my kids reading habits (the youngest is still not reading but tell stories from his books pictures) and they don't spend too many hours in front of the TV set. Usually one hour or less, in a full day. Keep smiling too and happy myLotting.