The television is one of the most significant inventions that was made during the 20th century that has changed people’s lives. Since 1880 many experiments were made to create this device but it was only after 1928 that things started getting more serious because of a vast improvement in technology(Hints,2011). The first world broadcast was transmitted in America in 1939 even though at that time television was not used that much. During the years of the 2nd world war, television became popular since people were curious to know all the latest news about the war. Nowadays, many changes have occurred since that time, not only in the shape and characteristics of innovative TVs but also on the programs that are being transmitted.
Though there isn’t any miraculous change that took place in the chronology of TVs but there are some similar features possessed by them. Since the very first time, television had played an important role to inform and to entertain all the viewers so that they could feel less lonely and at the same time assimilate much information on a variety of topics (Rumana, 2016). Creator of television aspired many people to watch TV so that all the channels could be divided into different categories, based on interests, lifestyles etc. The channels with the most viewers was the most informative one with the updated news.
The television today is the final result of many experiments conducted during the past years. In the ancient time, television projected black and white images on optical screens and there was not a great variety of channels to choose from (Leopold,2007). At that time, the remote-controlled TVs weren’t invented, so people had to go in front of the TVs to switch to different channels. To swipe from one channel to another, they had to spin a device called the “channel wheel” which made the process quite cumbersome. The most significant contrast between the old televisions and the new ones is LCD and LED. Both televisions take advantage of the use of liquid crystal display but LCD’s used to work on the basis of cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) whereas LEDs function by using the conglomeration of effective light emitting diodes to brighten the screen(Hesse,2017).
Nowadays the television is one of the most important components of a house. In a modern house, there are at least two televisions that have the capacity to project hundreds of channels and do many other things such as play video games, listen to music and surf on the internet etc. Due to all these new characteristics that the television has made during the past years, people, especially the younger generations, spend a lot of time in front of the screen. Many studies affirmed that spending too much time in front of the TV during childhood can determine a kid’s verbal and mental abilities. Behaviorally, significantly more adverse impacts may exist even though it is difficult to demonstrate, many issues related to health and mental abilities may be the cause of spending many hours in front of a TV(DouglasFields,2016). If we try to compare Television style in the past and in the present, we will see some evident differences. The first television that has been created was known as “Idiot box”. It was called Box because of the shape they had on the back of the screen where the antenna was seated and idiot because of the bad addictive influence it had on who was watching it(Leopold,2007). Today’s television is way thinner so there is the possibility to hang it on the wall and the antenna has disappeared. We can clearly see that technology in just 20 years has changed people’s life mostly the younger generation. Before kids used to stay out of the house playing all day long with their friends but now, they just want to stay home watching TV or using other devices that can connect them with the rest of the world. For this reason, in the future, they will feel outsiders from the real world.
When we think about television we must understand the power of this device. In the past year, television technology has developed more than expected to make many steps forward by creating a perfect television viewing with HD, 3D, home theatre and many other things. Television can be something amazing that can make our life better but at the same time can ruin it. Just one device can make you feel less lonely and expand your mind letting you have a higher knowledge on many topics but at the same time. Back in the day’s people used to watch television for a short time where they could’ve get all the information they needed and then that was it. Nowadays most of the people spend hours and hours in front of the television and this is a big issue because on a long time run they will end up being marginalized in society(Rumana,2016). In the modern era, people should take advantage of all the innovative things that were made but not misuse them.