Watching news channels not only keeps you informed about current issues but improves your IQ and social skills. Even though experts say that binge-watching on the news all day & nonstop, can have negative psychological consequences; catching up on the news for a few hours every-day can be good for many reasons. Here are a few of the effects of watching the news on your IQ.
You make good conversations
By watching the news, you become well informed about trending topics happening around the world. This way, you can discuss these topics in social groups and converse intelligently. Also by being able to debate and hold conversations, you get to form and maintain meaningful relationships.
It can improve your vocabulary
My spoken English became perfect, once I got around to watching the news and documentaries often enough. Listening to the news teaches you to form better sentences & build your vocabulary. It also helps you to grasp complex words and digest them better. As an example, BBC’s robust programming enables you to have access to news programs & documentaries which introduces you to new words and teaches you to use them.
It broadens your world view
Watching the news will help you to understand the world, its various beliefs, values, and framework that guide various systems. Through news channels, you will about diverse countries, languages, people, & cultural heritage.
You learn geography
News channels serve as one of the best avenues for learning about the earth and its features. You learn about lands, climates, & earth topography. Certain new channels are designed to explore the earth and how human activities affect them. CNN’s 2018 documentary about the Great Barrier Reef, for example, sought to inform and educate its audience on the ways in which climate change affects the reef system.
It helps to develop your critical thinking skills
By watching news programs and listening to in-depth analysis of daily issues, you can form personal opinions on topical issues and learn to dissect issues from various angles. The Brexit challenge facing the United Kingdom, for instance, has garnered attention from many news organizations from around the world; so keeping abreast of television coverage of this issue, could help you understand Brexit & think critically on how it affects you personally.