Is the Internet or TV Worse for your Neshama?

The Internet may be one of the first things that the Geolim can’t control, the Asifa and their constant banter about the evils that befall us on the Internet remind me of the Haskalah. Television on the other hand was easily banned, for no one could come up with the excuse that they needed it for work. So ostracized is the Television that merely having a TV in your speaks loads about your hashkafa, relegating you to modern orthodox or frum but open minded at best. Movies fall into a middle ground, but we can all agree that movies aren’t as bad for our neshamas as the Internet or TV.

TV is still viewed as evil in the frum community, so much so that many people think TV is worse for you than the Internet, unfiltered Internet that is. I would like to posit that the Internet is far worse for you than TV could ever hope to be, but since TV contains little good and the Internet contains much good mixed in with its bad – we have been convinced that TV is somehow worse for you than the Internet. For the record, the only filter in my household is my wife (she thinks the porn I watch is lame) and this is more of a theoretical post than an actuality. I happen to find TV boring and haven’t had one since moving out of my fathers house 15 years ago.


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