According to Mark Shiffman at the Front Porch Republic, it sure seems to:
The attention that constitutes love – love of others and love of the beauty of nature – requires patience and a kind of active receptivity. While a person, or a plant, animal, stream or valley is in front of us, we cannot take it all in at once. There is looking and listening to do, and this involves a real effort on our part, both to direct our attention and to quiet our distractions. We have to let it sink in, and reflect along the way on what is actually there before us and how it all fits together.
By habituating us to follow along impatiently and passively, to filter and frame the world before we’ve had the chance to see anything, television damages our capacity to love well, to love others and the natural world for what they are rather than for what they can do for us. Television is, after all, one of the great tools and purveyors of consumer culture. The culture of consumption and exploitation has every interest in encouraging our self-centered and unreflective egoism and our oblivion to the loveliness of the natural world. Why should we be surprised if the medium that is its most powerful tool encourages the same vices?
Good point. However, to bag on television is starting to become anachronistic. As I mentioned in my post on acedia and visual media, this is a point I take to be extremely important. But personally, I never really watch much actual TV. I do however spend hours watching the seemingly limitless TV shows that are available online. You don’t need a TV to get sucked in. All you need now is a laptop. And generally, I find that watching one’s media entertainment via computer is far more solitary and alienating than traditional TV. At least when I watch TV I tend to do it with other people from my household.