Effects of watching TV

6 Ways TV Binge-Watching Hurts Your Health

It’s no secret Americans love television. Spending hours at a time watching TV, known as binge-watching, has become a lot more common with subscription on-demand streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But vegging out in front of the TV can take a major toll on your health.

A recent survey by Netflix found that 61 percent of 1,500 online respondents said they binge-watch television regularly, defined as watching two to six episodes of the same show in one sitting. While the health risks of remaining sedentary for long periods of time — such as weight gain and heart disease — are well known, extended TV viewing also increases the likelihood for unhealthy behaviors like eating high-calorie snacks or drinks.

Here are some ways binge-watching negatively impacts health:

Weight gain and obesity. Watching television has been linked to obesity for a couple of decades. One of the largest reports, a study from 2003, followed more than 50,000 middle-aged women for six years. The results found that for every two hours spent watching television per day, the participants had a 23 percent higher chance of becoming obese.

TV watching is also tied to obesity in children. Research shows that kids who have televisions in their bedrooms are more likely to be obese than those who do not. Prolonged TV watching may also have long-term effects. Studies that followed children for long periods of time found that the more TV they watch, the higher the risk of obesity in adulthood and midlife.

Increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that viewing more than two hours of TV daily was linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and more than three hours of daily viewing increased the risk of premature death.

“The message is simple. Cutting back on TV watching can significantly reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and premature mortality,” says the study’s senior author Frank Hu, MD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, in a statement.

The study also showed that for each additional two hours of television watched per day, the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death increased by 20, 15, and 13 percent respectively.

Premature death. A study of more than 13,000 participants published in the Journal of American Heart Association supported the HSPH findings regarding premature mortality. It found that adults who spend three or more hours a day in front of the television may double their risk of premature death. The increased risk was still apparent after accounting for age, gender, and lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity, and diet.

Lower sperm counts. For men, binge-watching may impact male fertility. In a small 2013 HSPH study of 189 men ages 18 to 22, participants were asked about their TV watching and exercise habits. Those who watched 20 hours of television or more per week had only half as many sperm as those who watched less. Conversely, men who exercised 15 hours or more a week at a moderate to vigorous level had a 73 percent higher sperm count than those who exercised less.

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“The majority of the previous studies on physical activity and semen quality had focused on professional marathon runners and cyclists, who reach physical activity levels that most people in the world cannot match,” says Jorge Chavarro, MD, senior author of the study and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, in a statement. “We were able to examine a range of physical activity that is more relevant to men in the general population.”

The authors point out that although a lower sperm count has been linked to lower fertility, it does not prevent men from having children.

Antisocial or bad behavior in children. Television habits among kids may also impact how they interact with others and in society. According to one 2013 study, the risk of antisocial or criminal behavior increased with every hour of television kids and teens watched per week.

The study monitored the TV-viewing habits of over 1,000 children ages 5 to 15, as well as their behavioral habits until age 26. Researchers believe the results did not mean that children who were antisocial simply watched more TV. “Rather, children who watched a lot of television were likely to go on to manifest antisocial behavior and personality traits,” says Lindsay Robertson, study co-author and assistant research fellow at the University of Otago in a statement.

Another 2013 report involving 11,000 children in the U.K. found that 5-year-olds who watched three or more hours of TV per day were more likely to engage in bad behavior like fighting and stealing at age 7.

Lower odds of survival after colon cancer. A 2014 study suggests that watching too much television may impact survival rates among those with colon cancer. Researchers investigated initial data collected by the U.S. National Institutes of Health on the lifestyle habits of over 566,000 men and women ages 50 to 71. Further analysis zeroed in on 3,800 participants who later became diagnosed with colon cancer. The results found that patients who routinely watched five or more hours of television weekly before diagnosis had a 22 percent greater risk of dying from any cause than those who watched no more than two hours per week.

The study also found that individuals who spent seven or more hours a week participating in moderate to vigorous leisure activities like golf, dancing, swimming, biking, tennis, and heavy gardening, were at a 20 percent lower risk of dying for any reason than those who engaged in no leisure activity.

So the next time you catch yourself binge-watching your favorite TV show, consider getting off the couch and lacing up those sneakers.

How Media Use Affects Your Child

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Most kids today are plugged into devices like TVs, tablets, and smartphones well before they can even ride a bike.

Technology can be part of a healthy childhood, as long as this privilege isn’t abused. For example, preschoolers can get help learning the alphabet on public television, grade schoolers can play educational apps and games, and teens can do research on the Internet.

But too much screen time can be a bad thing:

  • Children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight.
  • Kids who view violent acts on TV are more likely to show aggressive behavior, and to fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them.
  • Teens who play violent video games and apps are more likely to be aggressive.
  • Characters on TV and in video games often depict risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes.

That’s why it’s so important for parents to keep tabs on their kids’ screen time and set limits to ensure they’re not spending too much time in front of a screen.

What’s Recommended?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these guidelines for screen time:

  • Babies and toddlers up to 18 months old: No screen time, with the exception of video-chatting with family and friends.
  • Toddlers 18 months to 24 months: Some screen time with a parent or caregiver.
  • Preschoolers: No more than 1 hour a day of educational programming, together with a parent or other caregiver who can help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • Kids and teens 5 to 18 years: Parents should place consistent limits on screen time, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being physically active.

Seeing Violence

The average American child will witness 200,000 violent acts on television by age 18. Many violent acts are caused by the “good guys,” whom kids are taught to admire. In fact, in video games the hero often succeeds by fighting with or killing the enemy.

This can lead to confusion when kids try to understand the difference between right and wrong. Young kids are particularly frightened by scary and violent images. Simply telling kids that those images aren’t real won’t make them feel better, because they can’t yet tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Behavior problems, nightmares, and difficulty sleeping may follow exposure to such violence.

Older kids can be frightened by violent images too. Reasoning with kids this age will help them, so it’s important to provide reassuring and honest information to help ease fears. But it’s even better to not let your kids view programs or play games that they find frightening.

Watching Risky Behaviors

TV and video games are full of content that depicts risky behaviors (such as drinking alcohol, doing drugs, smoking cigarettes, and having sex at a young age) as cool, fun, and exciting.

Studies have shown that teens who watch lots of sexual content on TV are more likely to initiate intercourse or participate in other sexual activities earlier than peers who don’t watch sexually explicit shows.

While cigarette and e-cigarette ads are banned on television, kids can still see plenty of people smoking in TV shows. This makes behaviors like smoking and drinking alcohol seem acceptable and might lead to substance abuse problems.

The Obesity Link

Health experts have long linked too much screen time to obesity — a significant health problem today. When they’re staring at screens, kids are inactive and tend to snack. They’re also bombarded with ads that encourage them to eat unhealthy foods like potato chips and drink empty-calorie soft drinks that often become favorite snack foods.

Studies have shown that decreasing the amount of TV kids watched led to less weight gain and lower body mass index (BMI). Replacing video game time with outdoor game time is another good way to help kids maintain a healthy weight.

Understanding Commercials

Most kids under the age of 8 don’t understand that commercials are for selling a product. Children 6 years and younger can’t tell the difference between a TV show and an ad, especially if their favorite character is promoting the product. Even older kids may need to be reminded of the purpose of advertising.

Of course, it’s nearly impossible to remove all exposure to marketing messages. You can turn off the TV or at least limit kids’ watching time, but they’ll still see and hear plenty of ads for the latest must-haves.

When your kids ask for the products advertised, explain that commercials and other ads are designed to make people want things they don’t necessarily need. And these ads are often meant to make us think that these products will make us happier somehow.

So what can you do? Teach kids to be smart consumers. Ask them questions like:

  • “What do you like about that?”
  • “Do you think it’s really as good as it looks in that ad?”
  • “Do you think that’s a healthy choice?”

Try to limit kids’ exposure to TV commercials by:

  • having them watch public television stations (some of their programs are sponsored — or “brought to you” — by various companies, although the products they sell are rarely shown)
  • recording programs without the commercials
  • muting the TV during commercial time to ask your child questions about the program
  • streaming their favorite programs, or buying or renting DVDs

By setting healthy limits on screen time and knowing what your child is watching and playing, you can help make the most of your child’s media use.

Reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts

The Good and Bad Effects of TV on Children

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Updated December 28, 2019 by Ronaldo Tumbokon

It is hard to avoid television if you are a kid. People in the house are usually tuned in to TV – siblings as well as parents. In some homes, the television is perpetually “on” even without anyone watching. It is common for parents and caregivers to use TV as a substitute babysitter. Also, many parents buy videos that they think can make their kids smart. But how does watching TV really affect children?

The bad news is, the majority of experts think that a TV/video-driven culture has bad effects on kids – and may prevent kids from being smart. They cite the following:

  • TV provides no educational benefits for a child under age 2. Worse, it steals time for activities that actually develop her brain, like interacting with other people and playing. A child learns a lot more efficiently from real interaction – with people and things, rather than things she sees on a video screen.
  • TV viewing takes away the time that your child needs to develop important skills like language, creativity, motor, and social skills. These skills are developed in the kids’ first two years (a critical time for brain development) through play, exploration, and conversation. Your kid’s language skills, for example, do not improve by passively listening to the TV. It is developed by interacting with people, when talking and listening is used in the context of real life.
  • Another study that shows very young children missing out on brain development suggests that kids who have TV in the bedroom, and tended to watch half an hour more TV per day, are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of self-reported depressive symptoms, teacher-reported emotional distress, victimization, physical aggression and poorer social skills by age 12 or 13.
  • TV viewing numbs your kid’s mind as it prevents your child from exercising initiative, being intellectually challenged, thinking analytically, and using his imagination.
  • TV viewing takes away time from reading and improving reading skills through practice (Comstock, 1991). Kids watching cartoons and entertainment television during pre-school years have poorer pre-reading skills at age 5 (Macbeth, 1996). Also, kids who watch entertainment TV are also less likely to read books and other print media (Wright & Huston, 1995).
  • According to Speech and language expert Dr. Sally Ward, 20 years of research show that kids who are bombarded by background TV noise in their homes have trouble paying attention to voices when there is also background noise.
  • Kids who watch a lot of TV have trouble paying attention to teachers because they are accustomed to the fast-paced visual stimulation on TV. Kids who watch TV more than they talk to their family have a difficult time adjusting from being visual learners to aural learners (learning by listening). They also have shorter attention spans.
  • A 2019 study led by Dr. Mireia Adelantado-Renau suggests that excessive television watching among children “has been shown to decrease attention and cognitive functioning and to increase behavioral problems and unhealthy eating habits.” The study also suggests that increases in TV viewing are associated with lower language, mathematics, and composite test scores. Teen scores appears to be worse than those of younger children because teens replace studying, sleeping, exercising and other positive activities with TV watching, while younger children still reap educational benefits from repetitions provided by watching TV.
  • School kids who watch too much TV also tend to work less on their homework. When doing homework with TV on the background, kids tend to retain less skill and information. When they lose sleep because of TV, they become less alert during the day, and this results in poor school performance.
  • A long-term study conducted by the Millennium Cohort Study and published in 2013 found that children who watched more than 3 hours of television, videos, or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by age 7 than children who did not. Notably, they did not find the same problem with children who played video games for the same amount of time.
  • TV exposes your kid to negative influences, and promotes negative behavior. TV shows and commercials usually show violence, alcohol, drug use and sex in a positive light. The mind of your kid is like clay. It forms early impressions on what it sees, and these early impressions determine how he sees the world and affect his grown-up behavior. For instance, twenty years of research has shown that children who are more exposed to media violence behave more aggressively as kids and when they are older. They are taught by TV that violence is the way to resolve conflict – as when a TV hero beats up a bad guy to subdue him.
  • Kids who watch too much TV are usually overweight, according to the American Medical Association. Kids often snack on junk food while watching TV. Children tend to ‘tune out’ and don’t notice when they are full when eating in front of TV. They are also influenced by commercials to consume unhealthy food. Also, they are not running, jumping, or doing activities that burn calories and increase metabolism. Obese kids, unless they change their habits, tend to be obese when they become adults. A recent study confirms this finding, suggesting that even just an hour of TV is associated with childhood obesity.
  • Too much watching TV as a young adult, especially when combined with not much exercise, may be linked to lower brain functioning even before one reaches middle age, according to a 2015 sturdy from the Northern California Institute for Research and Education.
  • Researchers from the University of Sydney report a link between total screen time and retinal artery width in children. Kids with lots of screen time were found to have narrow artery in their eyes, which may indicate heart risk.
  • A 2014 study published in the International Journal of Cardiology suggests that children aged 2 to 10 who watch TV for more than two hours a day is 30% more likely to be at risk for blood pressure compared to those who spend less time in front of TV. Lack of physical activity increased the risk even more – by 50%. The lead researcher Dr Augusto Cesar de Moraes, from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, warned that the condition can cause cardiovascular problems later in life. The findings are consistent with an earlier 2009 study.
  • TV watching also affects a child’s health and athletic ability. The more television a child watches, even in the first years of life, the more likely he is to be obese and less muscularly fit, according to a study by the University of Montreal. Even though your kid does not aspire to be a football star, his athletic abilities are important not only for physical health, but predicting how physically active he will be as an adult.
  • Every hourly increase in daily television watching from two and a half years old is also associated with bullying by classmates, and physical prowess at kindergarten, said Professor Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital.

Some experts, however, believe that TV is not all that bad. They qualify though that viewing TV can be good if it is done in moderation, and if the program being watched is selected:

  • Some TV shows can educate, inform and inspire. It can be more effective than books or audiotapes in teaching your kid about processes like how a plant grows or how to bake a cake.
  • Studies show that kids who watch educational and non-violent children’s shows do better on reading and math tests than those who do not watch these programs.
  • Kids who watch informative and educational shows as preschoolers tend to watch more informative and educational shows when they get older. They use TV effectively as a complement to school learning. On the other hand, kids who watch more entertainment program watch fewer informative programs as they get older (Macbeth, 1996).
  • Preschoolers who viewed educational programs tend to have higher grades, are less aggressive and value their studies more when they reach high school, according to a long-term study (Anderson, et. al, 2001).
  • Allowing kids to watch educational shows from TV can expose children to millions more words, especially if they have parents who are unable to speak more or better with them.
  • With shows that are more entertaining than educational, TV exposes kids to diversity of culture and other people’s worldviews, as well as humanistic values. Watching dramas and comedies gives them an idea of the complexity of life and moral dilemmas.
  • Scientists from the University of Siena found that children experience a soothing, painkilling effect by watching cartoons. So perhaps, a little entertainment TV can be a source of relief to kids who are stressed or are in pain.
  • Finally, think about what your child could be doing if he’s not watching TV. It would be great if the alternative is to read a book, engage in outdoor play, or having an intelligent talk with you. But if the alternative is simply for him to sit around and do nothing, whine about being bored, or start a fight or a conflict, then letting your child watch TV is a better option.

For more on how to make TV a more helpful rather than a harmful tool for making kids smart, see tips on how TV can be good for your child or if you have a baby, see the effects of TV on baby.

Your kids’ watching TV is not the only screen time you should be concerned about. Recently, kids spend more time playing with tablet and smartphone screens.

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Do you want to ruin your child by putting them in front of the television? Recent studies from all over the world show how badly television can affect a child’s growth physically and mentally. Television is a negative influence on kids and therefore TV watching must be limited.

This essay was written by a student in Katherine Cohen’s 7th-grade English class at Greenberg Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia. The students were assigned the task of writing a persuasive letter. Some of those letters have been revised by the students and submitted to be published in various Philadelphia media outlets.

Do you want to ruin your child by putting them in front of the television? Recent studies from all over the world show how badly television can affect a child’s growth physically and mentally. Television is a negative influence on kids and therefore TV watching must be limited.

First, TV is a bad influence on kids, because children who watch more TV are more likely to be overweight. For example, researchers Klesges, Shelton, and Klesges found that while watching television, the metabolic rate is slower than when just resting. This implies that an individual would burn fewer calories watching TV than when simply sitting silently, doing nothing.

In addition, numerous TV ads encourage unhealthy consumption habits. Two-thirds of the 20,000 television ads a normal kid sees every year are for food, and most are for high-sugar foods. After-school television ads target youngsters with ads for unhealthy foods and beverages, such as fast food and sugary drinks. This evidence shows that kids who watch more TV are more likely to be overweight.

Secondly, television is a bad influence on kids, because watching TV at an early age can affect children’s brain development. For instance, the early years of a youngster are important to their development. The American Academy of Pediatrics is worried about the effect of customizing TV for kids younger than age two and how it could influence kids’ improvement. Pediatricians are firmly against programing modified specifically for young children, particularly when it is utilized to market toys, games, dolls, unhealthy foods and other items to babies. Furthermore, television will discourage and replace reading. Reading needs much more thinking than TV, and we realize that perusing books encourages youngsters’ healthy brain improvement. Kids from families that have the TV on a lot invest less time reading and being read to and are less likely to be able to read. This evidences show kids watching TV at an early age can affect children’s brain development.

Lastly, television is a bad influence on kids because TV is full of programs and commercials that show risky behaviors that can affect the child’s actions. Liquor ads on TV have really expanded throughout the most recent few years and more underage children are presented them than any other time in history. A recent study by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth found that adolescent presentation to liquor ads on TV expanded by 30 percent from 2001 to 2006. In addition, despite the fact they have banned smoke ads on TV, children and teenagers can in any case see more than enough individuals smoking on programs and movies on television. This sort of “product placement” makes practices like smoking and drinking liquor appear okay. Moreover, kids who watch five or more hours of television everyday are much less averse to start smoking cigarettes than the individuals who watch less than the prescribed two hours a day. This evidence shows TV is full of programs and commercials that show risky behaviors than can affect the child’s action.

Television is a bad influence on kids. Some reasons why are kids who watch TV are more likely to be overweight, watching TV at an early age can affect children’s brain development, and TV is full of programs and commercials that show risky behaviors that can affect the child’s actions. Therefore, parents must be more aware of the hours your kids watch TV, and make your kids go outside and get active for a better future.

Sources:

“How TV Affects Your Child” by Steven Dowshen, in Kidshealth, Nemours
“Television and Children” by Kyla Boyse, for University of Michigan Health System

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TELEVISION: ITS EFFECTS AMONG CHILDREN IN TERMS OF EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISCOURSE

IMPELIDO, DEANMARK G.

Outline

  1. Watching television has many positive and negative effects on the behavior among children. Positive effects include, while negative effects includes violence, behave aggressively and their emotional aspects affected.
  2. The Effects of Television
    1. Positive Effects
    2. Negative Effects
      1. Violence
      2. Behave aggressively
      3. Emotional Aspects affected

Watching television has positive effects (which include enhance learning skills and recognize emotions) and negative effects (includes violence, behave aggressively and lead to emotional problems) among children

Introduction

Technology makes our life easy and it becomes a part of our lives everywhere, anywhere. Before the growth of the technology being rampant, there is a first major source of innovation in technology and that is the television. Television sets become a major industry in the world. Almost all the people in the world, in their households have television sets, and every day, more and more people tend to view on television.

By touching its button and by searching different channels, it gives us benefits and solutions to our challenges in the modern-faced world. This includes receiving reports from local and world events, to inspire young minds by exploring geography and history, watch a fantasy, and to entertain us. Television also tends to escape from the reality, which gives us a temporary relief from our problems in life or when we feel depressed.

Due to the growing industry of television, television networks always wants to know their audience perspective on what kind of program they want to watch. Audiences have a big impact in the television industry – without them, no image on the screen. Most probably, adults are the one who watch, but as the time goes by, children also considered a part of their audience so that television networks consider the programs they watch.

Children in the 21st century are now exposed in the television screens and we cannot prevent that. They are treated by the researchers and policy makers as a “special audience” due they are in process to learn things from the screen (Potter, 2008). Also, they are not yet mature to select a show appropriate to them. So that, as more and more children tempt to watch, the more they see something wrong or something right depending on the content of the program they watch. As illustration, if a child sees violence, the more violent he become; and when he see educational and inspiring, it teaches him to learn new things. According to Hollenbeck & Slaby, 1979, children starts to spend television at the age of 6 months, as they grow up, it increases number of hours they spend on television until it reaches by up to six and a half hours every day. Because of this, we think that it leads to positive and negative effects of the behavior of children as they grow up. According to psychiatrist Dr. Victor Cline in his speech in Norfolk, New Virginia, that all the pictures they see in television, it can clearly affects the self-image then, later behavior of young people. He also added that mental diet is the same as nutritional diet. Once a child sees on a television, it will put what they see it in their mind, later; it will take its changes on their behavior once they grow up. He consider the children’s minds into a bank-whatever we put on it, we will get it back 10 years or more with an interest (Cline, 1989)

In general, watching television may lead to the positive and negative effects on the behavioral and emotional discourse of the children. Some positive effects are: it enhances learning skills and recognize emotions; and the negative effects are it leads to violence, behave aggressively and lastly, it leads to emotional problems.

Watching television has positive effects (which include enhance learning skills and recognize emotions) and negative effects (includes violence, behave aggressively and lead to emotional problems) among children

Discussion

Positive Effects of Television

Television has a great benefit among children as they get easily aware and connect about the physical happenings in their modern-faced society (Gunter and McAleer, 1997: xii-xiii).They also stated that television is not ‘one-eyed monster’ who waits to spread evil over the young members of the household. This is an implication that when a child watches a significant program that is – educational, informative, and values-promoted shows will increase their intellectual growth. Researchers explain this, through watching preschoolers ‘Sesame Street’ regularly, it easily recognize their emotions and to cope trauma when the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York by featuring a story about grease fire in Hooper’s Stone which required the help of the brave firefighters (Wilson, 2008).

Second positive effect of television among children is that they acquire basic languages on it. Studies shows that if they watch educational programs, their tendency is to learn basic shapes, numbers, letters, etc. if their parents guided them (Lemish and Rice, 1986). However, Naigles and Mayeux (2001) found that in certain circumstances children learn words and their meanings from educational programs that are specifically design for them (age, content etc.). Further, we must say that we select programs that are capable to their age and they must guide them in order for them to learn their language acquisition. Although still, there is no significant evidence that suggests television as part of their everyday lives to learn new things in life.

Negative Effects of Television

Violence is one of the primarily negative effects of television among children. Television violence had been increasing for the past years. In the studies, it shows that an average of 32 acts per hour, a child may see on the screen (Gerbner). Because of the number of violent acts a child may see, there is a result of the mental problem called “copycat phenomenon”. Copycat Phenomenon defines as imitating or copying the act or behavior of a person from a particular show (Sparks, 2013). An example of this is if a child sees on television, a person who acts to be violent; there is a possibility to imitate its action, further, once it continues to imitate until he/she grows up, it results as to be his/her personality. Many people have experience this even adults because it stirs up their emotions easily and somehow, they relate on that scene they watch. Further to that, it results in increasing number of crime and harm things; so that it is very alarming when a child happen to it. Violent television teaches children step-by-step; on how to commit mistakes and violent acts easily (Cline, 1989, 2B.).

Watching violence can lead to behaving aggressively. Does it really lead to behave aggressively among children? It is true that it may lead to behave them aggressively through the following factors: if a character in a particular scene performs violent acts; then that character receives a reward for their actions, and there is a possibility of increasing aggression to children especially on boys and not on girls. And this theory he proposed is the social learning theory (Bandura, 1973). To illustrate, if a child sees a scene in a screen which has violent acts, then later the character receives reward on it, there is a chance of imitating or again “Copycat Phenomenon”. But, if the character did not receive rewards from it but receive punishment, there is a small chance of that child will refrain to do that act. But, in his further studies, it shows that this effect is not clearly depending on kind of program they watch; it is regardless of the kind of program they watch. Therefore, whatever kind of program they watch still, there is a risk of their behavior due to prolonged expose to television and violence.

Once it changes their attitudes, it will clearly affect all their emotional aspects. Children emotions lead to anxiety, fear, trauma and even depression (Wilson, 2008). First, there is a possibility of anxiety to them. Second, their fear increases. There is a study that many children have experiences short-term reactions to television. When they watch a scary movie, (example is Monster House), they get react easily and probably they frightened. So that, after they watch it, they feel devastated and therefore, it results to trauma. It will also intensify these effects if they watch a particular news footage that contains tragedy or violence. As a result, children are full of fears to face the real-world. It will hard for them to express themselves and they might see the real-world as a difficult, more complicated and may a victim or real violence. It is normal, but, their emotional capacity maybe more difficult to cope.

Watching television has positive effects (which include enhance learning skills and recognize emotions) and negative effects (includes violence, behave aggressively and lead to emotional problems) among children

Conclusion:

Books:

Potter, W. J. (2008). Media literacy 4th edition, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA: USA.

Sparks, G. G. (2013). Media Effects Research 4th Edition, Boston, MA: Wandsworth-Cengage Learning

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Watching television is an extremely common past time for children. Whether it is Saturday morning cartoons or a movie while parents are getting household chores done television is an activity that most children take part in at some point. When they are viewing we never stop to think about the negative effects and influences that this activity may have on them. “There is no sight quite so haunting as a child and a television set. Before the tube – flickering rather like the altar to an ancient demon – the child prostrates itself, spellbound. … Whoever watches the child in its passive but awesome detachment knows the meaning of the word addictions” (Maddocks). While viewing television may seem like a harmless way to keep children busy it severely hinders their development.

From the moment a child opens their eyes and starts to take in the world around them they are learning and trying to make sense of what they see and feel. The way that a child develops will depend greatly upon the influences around them and one very prevalent influence is television. Children start viewing television at a very young age and with all of the shows being developed specifically to target young children parents may not see the reasons to avoid this activity. Allowing young children to view television can cause several developmental issues. These issues include everything from hindering language development and encouraging passive learning to decreasing their ability and drive to read.

The first major developmental issue that young children face from viewing television is that their language development suffers. Children who watch television lose the opportunity “to learn grammatical aspects of language through social interaction” (Comstock, Scharrer 160) because they are engaged in a type of one way conversation with the television. While some may argue that there are educational shows that do encourage active social interaction it has also been shown that “the quality of verbal engagement with television is low” (Lemish 155) and that young children “are unable to absorb anything of value from television, or at least anything that would be as developmentally stimulating as playing with toys and interacting with others” (Comstock, Scharrer 149).

Passive learning is another serious issue that young children face from viewing television. Just because a show may seem educational does not mean that it is actually beneficial for a child. There is “ample evidence that child TV watchers exhibit lower intelligence scores compared to non-watchers” (Gunter, McAleer 122). The main reason for this is because children can not learn from a television show if they do not pay attention to it and getting a child to actively pay attention to a show is hard if you do not have it balanced just right with different “rogram elements that are moderately novel and somewhat familiar, not too complex but not too simple, not entirely incongruous but not overly ‘wholistic,’ neither entirely repetitive nor unpredictable, neither too surprising nor expected” (Comstock, Sharrer 148). Therefore the process of holding a childs attention isa seriously precarious balance of elements that needs to take place. In view of the fact that a child’s attentiveness depends on all these areas being just right generally “oredom enters, interest suffers” (Comstock, Sharrer 148) causing children to sit and watch passively rather than being truly engaged in what they are doing. As they continue with this activity this learned passivity grows making it easier and easier for “children perceive television as easy and therefore invest less mental effort in processing television content. This attitude… could be transferred to other cognitive tasks, essentially cultivating a style of shallow ‘mindless’ processing.” (Pecora, Murray, Wartella 73). In the end “television programmes essentially train children to passively sit and watch rather than to actively think and do” (Gunter, McAleer 122) which catastrophically effects the development of the child because this learned passivity can follow them through their entire lives.

Not only can television ruin language development and promote passive learning but it can also devastate a young child’s drive to read. Comstock and Scharrer said that during the development stage of young children viewing television can overshadow their effort to learn how to read (128). When children are allowed to view they come to “see television as an easy and pleasurable form of entertainment, which provides more direct satisfaction than books” (Pecura, Murray, Wartella 73). As this happens children will come to believe that “reading is difficult and effortful, whereas television viewing is easy. Consequently, given the choice, children will choose to watch television rather than read” (Pecura, Murray, Wartella 71).

Imagination is fundamental to the development of young children. It “is one of the most important ways in which pre-school children learn about their environment” (Gunter, McAleer 122). The best way for children to exercise their imagination is by becoming involved in the world around them. Gunter and McAleer found that “cognitive growth of the child depends very much on how often and to what extent his or her imagination is exercised” (122). Sadly the more television a child views the less likely they are to use their own imagination because viewing not only takes up time that might have otherwise been spent in play but it also removes the child from coming up with his or her own ideas, instead they just copy what they have already seen (Comstock, Scharrer 155). Additionally viewing some types of television, such as violence, has been shown to result in “significantly decreased time spent on fantasy activities” (Comstock, Scharrer 155) thus continuing the destruction of one of the most imperative ways in which young children develop.

Viewing violence on television is yet another serious issue to a developing child. As a child is learning about their world “watching violence may increase the child’s tolerance for real-life violence either by implying that such behavior is normal or by making real-life violence seem trivial by comparison” (Gunter, McAleer 82). Exposing young children to the abundance of violence on television also allows them to see “the functionality of violent behaviors” (Lemish 73) causing them to act out, even those “without a predisposition to violence” (Lemish 70). Once a child chooses to act violently to get what they want the continued “viewing violence may serve to remove inhibitions in performing violent acts through the process of desensitization to their implications, as well as, a process of legitimization of such behaviors as being normal and acceptable in society” (Lemish 74). In the end viewing violence not only teaches children to ignore any violent acts they may witness but also partake in these behaviors to get what they want.

Finally there is the effect of advertising on young children. As children view television they not only partake in television programs but also the commercials that come on during those programs. This can complicate television viewing for young children because they “lack the necessary cognitive skills to defend themselves against what are often highly attractive and skillfully worded persuasive messages” (Gunter, McAleer 105). Add to that the fact that “the faces and voices prevalent on television advertisements are often the same as those seen and heard in other contexts on popular television shows” (Gunter, McAleer 104) and it is nearly impossible for children to discern between regular television programming and commercials. If a child sees a beloved cartoon character advertising some product then that child is more likely to “pressure parents into purchasing products” (Gunter, McAleer) which can lead to “isappointment, conflict and even anger … when parents deny requests” ( research on the effects of 144). Generally when a child is upset about not getting what he or she asks for these feelings “strain parent-child relations” (research on the effects of tv advertising on children 133)

The only question left is why anyone who knows about all the negative effects of television would still allow their child to continue viewing. Viewing television as a young child is not worth all the negative influences that come from the violence and commercials as well as the mountain of passive learning, reading, and language development issues incurred. Allowing young children to take part in watching television can ruin their chance at developing successfully.

BY SOFO ARCHON

TV SUCKS. At least for the most part, and here you’re going to find out exactly why.

In a culture where most people are obsessed with watching television, I can’t help but point out the negative effects of watching too much television.

Don’t get me wrong, television certainly has much to offer, and without a doubt is a great innovation, but when it comes to relying on it, whether to be informed or entertained, it can certainly affect you negatively.

So what are the main harmful effects of watching television that you should keep in mind before tuning into your favorite TV shows?

Keep scrolling and I’ll show you.

Television is bad for your health

I’m pretty sure you know that watching television means physical inactivity. But did you know that inactivity has been linked to obesity and heart disease?

In case you didn’t, now you do.

So ask yourself this: Is it merely a coincidence that in the West — where people are spending enormous amount of time watching television — the rates of obesity and heart disease in people of all ages are rapidly increasing?

Indeed, more and more studies reveal the adverse health effects of watching television.

A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that watching too much television can significantly increase the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Another study carried out at the University of Rhode Island found that prolonged television watching decreases viewers’ sense of self-efficacy in maintaining personal health.

And these are just a couple of studies among dozens.

As you can understand, the side effects of watching a lot of TV on your health can be pretty damaging. So perhaps you’d be better off if you limited the time you spend keeping your body immobile staring at an electronic screen, don’t you agree?

Television feeds you false information

TV is ruining your health, which is pretty bad in itself. But other than ruining your health, it’s also ruining your perception.

One of the most harmful effects of watching television is that TV appears to portray or report reality, when in fact it just allows us to get a small glimpse of what’s really going on. This particularly happens while watching TV newscasts. When we watch a 30-minute newscast, we usually believe that what it’s showing us is all there is to see. After all, if there was more to see, wouldn’t television show us more?

Unfortunately most people accept whatever television is feeding them, without ever casting a doubt on its truthfulness. Perhaps the reason why we do so is that we prefer ignorance over knowledge, because, as the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss.”

The harsh reality is that searching to find out the truth requires effort, and so we prefer to let the evening news do all the search for us. In this way, we don’t need to do anything: No effort, nothing to worry about. We choose the easy way, but a serious disadvantage of doing so is that we also choose to accept a distorted view of reality.

Television kills your self-esteem

When you watch an hour of TV, you’re exposed to about 15 minutes of commercials whose sole purpose is to persuade you to buy stuff.

How exactly do they achieve that? Firstly, by making you feel bad about yourself. Once they do so, they sell you products and services with the promise that they’ll improve your self-esteem.

In other words, commercials are emotionally manipulating you, and most of the time you aren’t even aware of it. The result? Spending your hard-earned money purchasing stuff you don’t really need and that will sooner or later leave you disappointed and sad. In addition, by constantly consuming things, you’re creating immense material waste that is messing up with our planet’s well-being.

Television makes you dumb

Another dangerously bad effect of excessively watching television is the fact it can hinder our ability to think.

Having talking heads continuously giving us quick information, opinion, analysis and criticism for just about everything, slowly leads us to stop using our own critical thinking skills. As a consequence, we can be easily misinformed and manipulated.

That’s why it’s especially important for parents and school teachers to help children and students understand the ill effects of spending too much time in front of a TV screen. Children are much more vulnerable to the messages TV is sending, and so they need to be taught from an early age how to protect themselves from them.

Of course, there are a few programs on TV that are educational and thought-provoking (in other words, that have a good, positive impact on our intelligence), but let’s admit it: The majority of television programs are just trash.

Indeed, we rarely find a program on TV that requires us to think. In fact, television programming is designed in such a way to match our attention spam. This perfectly explains why almost all programs are 30 to 60 minutes long. It also explains why television programs rarely dedicate the entire program to a single topic.

Therefore, not only can’t television programs provide us with any decent thought to stimulate discussion, but they present information in such a way that we can’t digest it properly. As a result, we can easily form opinions without allowing the information to first be filtered through our minds, and while we might think that we become more knowledgeable, in reality we become dumb.

Television wastes your time

Life is short, but we choose to spend it watching television.

Just think of how many hours of our day most of us waste watching television. Believe it or not, surveys reveal that people in the Western world spend 5-10 hours a day watching television!

Instead of living our life to the fullest, we sit in front of a dead though “entertaining” device, which we have chosen as a substitute for true living.

Instead of going out to play soccer, we are so obsessed with watching soccer games and admiring our favorite sportspeople, as if they are some kind of heroes.

Instead of going to the kitchen and cook a healthy meal, we prefer to sit in the sofa, watching special cooking shows where people are savoring all kinds of delicious food, while we’re filling our bodies with junk.

Instead of going out to meet people, converse with them and have fun, we choose to be all alone confined within four walls, so as to watch with full attention adventure movies, reality shows, and soap operas.

But I am asking you, is this living?

A time will come when your physical and mental energy will be dissipated, and you’ll realize that you have not yet actually lived. But then it will be too late, and you’ll be filled with regrets.

So what are you waiting for? Turn off that goddamn TV and do something that truly matters.

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Effects of watching TV on the brain

Dhruvin Patel, MCOptomFollow Apr 10, 2018 · 5 min read

With technology shifting how we enjoy tasks such as watching TV, Netflix has become extremely popular and has completely revolutionised our watching habits. Think about it, with Netflix you can now download or stream any content of your choice from the plethora of options they have available. Gone are the days when you had to wait for a specific time every week just to watch your favourite show on TV. Similarly, you no longer have to wait to get home to your TV in order to watch your show. Netflix makes it possible to watch whatever you want anywhere, anytime.

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However, while this excellent news for binge watchers, there is increasing concern over how exactly the excessive time spent in front of a TV screen affects us. Let us group Netflix and TV into the same category which provides entertainment in a similar form. So what are the effects of watching TV on the brain?

As children, we’ve all heard the famous parental scolding, ‘Go out and play, that TV will rot your brain.’ While TV wouldn’t literally rot your brain, this warning does have a lot of merit. Here are some of the ways that watching Netflix and TV for too long will affect your brain.

Delayed verbal skills in children

Development of communication and language skills in children begins early on during their infancy and continues throughout their first several years of life. This is the time the developing brain is most effective at creating neurological connections that support learning of a language and allow the child to communicate effectively using words, gestures and facial expressions. Television can cause interruption of this important process during a child’s formative years leading to delayed or incomplete acquisition of verbal skills. The affected children therefore have serious deficits when it comes to expressing themselves and interacting with others effectively.

Effects of watching TV on the brain, featuring a child and mother on a laptop.

A study done by Hikaru Takeuchi on the impact of TV viewing on brain structures revealed that children who watched more television portrayed a thickening in a frontal lobe region, the frontopolar cortex. This area is known to lower language-based reasoning ability. Testing was later done which confirmed that verbal IQ scores fell as the children watched more and more TV. The constant presence of TV interferes with any meaningful verbal interactions that occur between the child and other people. TV distracts both parents and children, preventing them from speaking to each other in the first place. Moreover, the noise emitted by the TV may also make communication difficult since words may not be heard.

Increased aggressive behaviour

People who watch a lot of TV have been shown to have an increased predilection towards violence and aggression. In the study performed by Hikaru Takeuchi, TV viewing caused a thickening in the hypothalamus. This region is heavily associated with emotional responses like aggression. An enlarged hypothalamus is characteristic of individuals with a penchant for aggression, mood disorders or borderline personality disorders.

Person in front of a TV

The constant use of violence in TV shows and movies creates an impression that violence is an effective solution for many of life’s problems. Furthermore, the sheer number of violent acts and even murders we see on TV desensitises us so that the very idea of repeating such acts becomes less unthinkable. This effect is especially evident among children and adolescents and may influence their behaviour throughout the rest of their life. In a 17-year study that tracked more than 700 adolescents into adulthood, young people watching 1 to 3 hours of television daily were almost 4 times more likely to engage in acts of violence later in life than those who watch less than 1 hour of television daily. The implications are dire; an unfettered access to TV can cause a lot of harm to the society at large.

The effects of watching TV on the brain and addiction

After a stressful day all you want to do when you get home is sit back, relax and watch some TV. Watching TV may be the most common recreational activity done by any of us. But what exactly makes TV so enjoyable? Like so many other addictive substances and behaviours, watching TV causes your body to release chemicals that make you feel good. These feel-good hormones, called endorphins, are natural sedatives with similar properties to heroin. Continued, prolonged watching of TV can therefore create a dependence that is similar to that seen in drug abusers and those with addictive behaviours like gambling.

People who habitually watch TV everyday may find themselves experiencing withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and irritability when they fail to watch their favourite program. And just like any other addiction, they may have a persistent desire and unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control the behaviour. Other duties and responsibilities may be ignored in favour of watching TV. So while the negative effects of a TV addiction aren’t as obvious as the harm caused by drug abuse and gambling, it could damage your relationships with others as well as waste your time.

Conclusion

Despite this, it doesn’t mean you should completely avoid watching TV. You just have to keep in mind that moderation is the key to all of life’s pleasures. TV can be educational and informative. Furthermore, it has mood-elevating effects and allows us to share cultural experiences that unite us. Netflix allows us to access such benefits at our convenience. By limiting your access to TV to a maximum of 2 hours every day, you’ll get to enjoy all the benefits without worrying about any of the drawbacks. I hope you have learned from the examples discussed above the effects of watching TV on the brain.

Old TV surrounded by speakers and vinyls

Young adults who watch a lot of TV and don’t exercise much may start to see the effects of their unhealthy habits on their brains as early as midlife, a new study suggests.

In the study, researchers looked at the TV viewing habits of more than 3,200 people, who were 25 years old, on average, at the start of the study. The people in the study who watched more than 3 hours of TV per day on average over the next 25 years were more likely to perform poorly on certain cognitive tests, compared with people who watched little TV, the researchers found.

The results suggest that engaging in physical activity, as opposed to sitting and watching TV, is important for brain health, said study author Tina D. Hoang, of the Northern California Institute for Research and Education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. “Being physically active at any time in your life is good for your brain,” Hoang said.

In the study, the researchers asked the participants every five years how many hours per day they spent watching TV on average during the past year. At the start of the study, and again every two to five years later, the researchers asked the participants if, and how much, they exercised.

After the 25 years, the researchers also examined the people’s cognitive function using three tests that assessed the speed at which they processed information, their verbal memory and executive function — a number of mental skills that help people plan, organize and pay attention.

The 353 people in the study who watched more than 3 hours of TV per day, on average, were more likely to perform worse on some of the tests, compared with people who watched little TV, the researchers found.

And the 528 people in the study who exercised the least performed worse on one of the tests than the people who were more physically active, the researchers found.

In addition, the 107 people in the study who both exercised the least and watched more than 3 hours of TV per day were twice as likely to perform poorly on the cognitive tests, compared with those who spent little time watching TV but exercised more.

It is not clear exactly why spending more time watching TV may be linked to worse cognitive performance later in life. One hypothesis is that television viewing is not a cognitively engaging way of spending time, Hoang said.

Or it could be that people who watch a lot of TV and don’t exercise much may have other unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as a poor diet, which might also contribute to their worse cognitive function, she said.

The new study was published today (Dec. 2) in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

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Too much TV in childhood takes its toll as a teen

A recent study looked into the long-term effects of watching too much television as a toddler. Somewhat surprisingly, the impact could be measured in the children’s dietary habits, weight, and behavior as teenagers.

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Paradoxically, in this fast-paced modern world we live in, humans are more and more inclined to sit for long periods of time staring at screens.

This shift in habits is considered by many to have a negative impact on our children.

Though most parents try to limit the amount of screen time that their children have, the ever-growing number of screens per household is making it more and more challenging.

For instance, around 1 in 3 infants in the United States have a television in their bedroom, and nearly half of all children watch television or DVDs for almost 2 hours each day.

Screen time and negative outcomes

Evidence is mounting that screen time has a negative impact on children as they develop. Because watching TV is sedentary both physically and mentally, connectivity may be disturbed in the rapidly developing toddler brain. Also, it has the potential to set up negative habits for later life — choosing easier, less demanding activities over physically or mentally challenging pastimes, for example.

Studies have revealed that increased screen time for toddlers and kindergarten children increases the risk of having a higher body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference as they enter the first grade. Other studies have found that waist circumference and physical fitness are adversely impacted as children enter fourth grade.

Off the back of these findings, in October 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics reduced the guidelines for television viewing in children aged 2–5 years to no more than 1 hour per day.

Although there is little debate that excess television viewing has unfavorable health consequences, the impact of early TV viewing on behavior as the child enters their teens is less known. It was this direction that a team of Canadian researchers recently took. In particular, they were interested in lifestyle outcomes, such as school performance and dietary choices.

The researchers were led by Prof. Linda Pagani and graduate student Isabelle Simonato, from the School of Psychoeducation at the Université de Montréal in Canada. They took data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development.

Early TV viewing’s effect on teens

In total, almost 2,000 boys and girls born in Quebec in 1997–1998 were involved in the study. The children had been followed from the age of 5 months.

Parents reported TV habits as they grew, then, when the children reached the age of 13, they self-reported dietary habits and behavior at school. Prof. Pagani explains why this study is particularly useful, saying, “Not much is known about how excessive screen exposure in early childhood relates to lifestyle choices in adolescence.”

“This birth cohort is ideal, because the children were born before smartphones and tablets, and before any pediatric viewing guidelines were publicized for parents to follow. They were raising their children with TV and seeing it as harmless. This makes our study very naturalistic, with no outside guidelines or interference — a huge advantage.”

As expected, there were measurable effects of increased TV time on habits as the children entered their teenage years. The team’s results were published earlier this month in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Each additional hour of TV viewing at the age of 2 predicted significantly worse eating habits at the age of 13. They consumed more prepared meats and cold cuts, French fries, white bread, soft and fruit-flavored drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweet or salty snacks, and desserts.

Toddlers who watched more TV were more likely to skip breakfast on school days as a 13-year-old.

Also, these children were less likely to make an effort in their first year of high school, which had an adverse effect on performance and ambition. As a 2-year-old, each additional hour spent watching television per day predicted a 10 percent increase in BMI at age 13.

How does TV have such an effect?

Simonato believes that it is the sedentary nature of TV watching that might be to blame for some of the findings. She explains, “We hypothesized that when toddlers watch too much TV it encourages them to be sedentary, and if they learn to prefer effortless leisure activities at a very young age, they likely won’t think much of non-leisure ones, like school, when they’re older.”

“This study tells us that overindulgent lifestyle habits begin in early childhood and seem to persist throughout the life course. An effortless existence creates health risks.”

Prof. Linda Pagani

“For our society,” continues Prof. Pagani, “that means a bigger healthcare burden associated with obesity and lack of cardiovascular fitness.

The strength of this study lies in the depth of the data. Because the team had access to a myriad of information on the family lives of the children, they could control for other factors that might have played a role, such as socioeconomic parameters and psychological factors.

They were even able to remove the influence of screen time habits at the age of 13, enabling them to get a clear picture of the effects of watching TV as a toddler.

Prof. Pagani offers some insight into the way that parents use screens as a tool when other forms of interaction might be beneficial. She explains, “In preschool, parents use screen time as a reward and as a distraction. They establish quiet ‘idling’ at a teachable moment when children could actually be learning self-control.”

“Using distraction,” she adds, “as a reward to help children behave in situations where they should be learning self-control sets them on a trajectory where they will seek out distraction when faced with demands for cognitive effort.

“Rewarding distraction and low mental effort though entertainment will later influence a young person’s commitment to school and perseverance in their studies.”

The researchers agree with the recommendations set out by the American Academy of Pediatrics: reducing screen time to no more than 1 hour each day for 2–5-year-olds is the best advice.

The study authors believe that this will “ensure healthy developmental trajectories in adolescence.”

First off, let me state that I’m not saying that television in its entirety is bad for you. There are times when it’s nice to kick back and watch the game with your friends.

This article is more geared toward those who spend an abnormal amount of time in front of the tube on a daily basis. You know exactly who you are

I know there are countless studies on how television is bad for you, but here are some of the harmful effects that I see that most studies don’t cover when it comes to watching too much TV.

A Safe Escape
The biggest trap of watching too much TV is that it becomes a safe way to escape your own life instead of looking at it square in the eye. If you find yourself watching hours of television everyday, it might be good to think about whether or not it’s a subtle indication to yourself that your life is not what you want it to be, that it’s not interesting enough so you feel the need to immerse yourself in the lives of others.

People who gossip have the same problem. Their lives aren’t interesting enough so they feel the need to know everybody else’s business and spread the word to whoever will listen. The person who watches television for hours on end is no different. They end up so wrapped up in the lives of others that it becomes their entire life.

People literally “sleep through life” by watching hours of television a day. It’s a tragedy that they cannot see the time they spend there can be used to better their own life, so they don’t have to feel the need to escape it.

Mind Deterioration.
When you watch TV, you’ll find that it does all the work FOR you. You don’t need to “create” in your mind like you do when reading. When you read, your brain has to use its imagination to come up with the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the pictures, and the feelings described in the book or article but when you watch TV, all of that is already done for you (at least the hearing and seeing part). If you ever wonder why your brain feels so “empty” after watching television, that’s exactly why. Your brain shuts off because it has no job to do. Use it or lose it indeed.

Along the lines of that, have you ever tried to do get things done after watching TV? It’s as if you’ve become “mind paralyzed” and you have to wait for your brain to slowly get back in gear. I call that time period the “dead zone” and even after that, you’re still not working at peak efficiency.

An Easy Addiction
This is the worst part of watching too much television. TV can be just as addictive as any illegal substance on the market today. It’s easily accessible, pleasurable, and makes you forget your troubles for the day. Sound familiar?

You watch one show and when it ends, the TV says “Coming up next…stay tuned for blah blah blah”, so you become curious, you watch it and you like it and BOOM, you add another rotation to your weekly TV schedule. Those hours add up and once you get vested in the shows, they’ve got you for life.

Watching television for hours on end is the easy way out and many people choose to take it. Why? Because watching television for hours a day switches off our brains so we don’t have to think about our own lives and when it’s time to turn the TV off and reality comes to bite us in the rear, what do the majority of us do then? We retreat into the safe confines of television once again.

TV can easily become the biggest time thief of all and yet, people don’t realize it. They don’t become indignant at the opportunities in life that they lose. It’s amazing how people take the time to buy the best security for their home so their precious belongings don’t get stolen, but when it comes to protecting their mind and their time, two of their biggest assets, the doors are wide open for easy pickings. People have got to realize that the quality of their lives can become so much better if they just take the time to stop watching TV and channel that toward creating the life they want to live.

Here’s a thought. Unplug the box and put it high up in your closet so it’s a pain in the butt to reach it. You’ll learn to live without it. The sun will shine that much brighter, food will taste that much better, and life will be that much sweeter.

When it’s all said and done, watching too much television provides you with a safe escape from looking at your own life, deteriorates your mind, makes you unproductive, and can lead to a dangerous addiction. It truly is one of the most dangerous drugs out there on the market today and the sad thing about it is, most people don’t even realize it.

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