Psychologist Lubna Arif talks about the ill effects of watching cable television
Cable is an industry now and a large number of people are involved in this sector. About the ill effect caused by cable television, she say:
"The cable television does affect the human psyche, but it cannot be termed as a major influence in most of the cases though one can find a lot of cases where the cable television has adversely affected the human mind to a large extent – especially late night viewing can be dangerous where one is watching the television without any disturbance. One of the major effects is on the routine of the students and office-going persons.
"Watching pornographic movies or any other such programmes can increase the libido; and if one does not find an outlet, he or she is definitely disturbed and will end up in some mental hospital or remain disturbed. Such contradictions destroy the personality of a person. How? On one hand, the cable television is widening the mental horizons and on the other, the society and family do not allow them to transgress the moral and ethical limits. Restriction is useful, but without proper education, it can be dangerous too.
"Abnormality starts with conflict. As long as an individual is able to cope with it, it is fine; but when he fails to do so, he becomes abnormal. The cable can deteriorate a person’s mental health. I believe an abnormal person will suffer if he is provided with cable sans proper education.
"Look at young females! They are trying to be television and film actresses in their daily lives. The closed-doors television viewing aggravates this. It all starts with fascination, then it moves to hallucination; and the next stop is mental hospital.
"The domestic environment has a lot to do with such an abnormality. The parents must be there to stop this. Put your television in the ‘open’ where there is a risk of any family member’s intrusion at any time of the day. They must work hard on their kids. The best policy is to control it as you cannot stop this."