Television sets are common household appliances in many homes. However, most users are unaware of the magnitude of negative health implications of TV.
Research information shows that people spend an average of 28 hours watching their favorite programs every week. On the contrary, many people do not discover associated health effects until it is late.
Watching TV can lead to physical and mental ailments (primarily due to inactivity and lack of engagement,) social isolation, and emotional swings. Watching TV can lead to either one or a group of these negative impacts. Let us discuss how each is associated to watching television.
It is a globally accepted fact that physical activity has health benefits to people. Physical activities must not be entirely vigorous to give us health benefits. For instance, walking or jogging for an appreciable period can lead to good health.
Nevertheless, watching television especially for long hours separates people from physical activity. Such habits deny people from participating in common acts like walking around the room. If we collectively agree that physical activity boosts our health, then the lack of if equally deteriorates it. In addition, people do not have time develop their social life.
People will value TV programs more than socializing and making friends. For instance, people have favorite programs that they would never miss to watch. They develop addiction for such programs just like the case of hard drugs. They would not care about their neighbors' wellbeing for one second.
Children have a higher risk of developing ill health because of watching television. Research pinpoints watching TV as one of the causes of obesity in children. Therefore, parents and guardians should discourage family members from watching television without engaging into any physical activity.
There's no doubt that TV sales retailers have made a big push toward more interaction TV systems, such 3D TV's and HDTV. However, this level of engagement may not be in the best interest of the populations overall heatlh.
Scientists have found that watching television can be associated with depression. When speaking of depression, people should think a human mind. The brain functions based on its right and left sides. The left side controls logical thinking while the right side is responsible for our emotions.
Watching TV leads to much usage of the emotional side of the brain more than the left side. As a result, a person becomes more passive, gets easily distracted, and looks very bored. In addition, prolonged exposure to television programs that are full of violent scenes can lead to violence tendencies in man.
This is more pronounced in children since they learn from what they watch. Children will eventually develop violent behavior based on what they watch on TV. Furthermore, both adults and children risk low intelligence quotients because of an inactive left side of the brain. Children will develop learning disabilities or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) while adults develop depression.
Watching TV has led many people to develop inferiority complex tendencies too. This is especially prevalent after watching supermodels that have zero bodies; sports people that own big houses and earn large salaries, some adverts that openly criticize your eating habit in favor another.
The result is that people suffer from low self-confidence, develop disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Such people may end up committing suicide just because the media makes them feel unaccepted by society.continue...
The phrase "screen time" denotes the activities that are done in front of a digital screen. Whether it be watching TV, working on the computer, playing video games, or using mobile phones and iPods, screen time is never a healthy endeavor (aside from learning something.) In fact, too much screen time, particularly in kids, can be bad for one's health.
Screen time is regarded as a sedentary time because very little energy is spent when you are physically inactive. Hence too much screen time combined with a sedentary lifestyle can definitely take a toll on your child’s overall well-being. Yes, excessive screen time, whether from the TV or iPod, can result in a wide array of problems – from physical conditions like obesity to mental issues like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
So before you or kid overuses their computer or iPod beyond repair, be aware of some of the health side effects of too much screen time. Some of the following problems can associated with too much screen time.
1. Obesity: Various studies evidence that children who watch TV for more than two hours in a day are prone to be obese than others. This is because they sit inactive for hours, often snacking unhealthy food items. Obesity is dangerous as it is a major risk factor for numerous health problems. Moreover obesity in children can also lead to a feeling of isolation and inadequacy.
2. Irregular sleep patterns: Similarly a child who watches TV for more than two hours is likely to suffer from irregular sleep patterns accompanied by strange nightmares and dreams. If your child spends a lot of time playing games in the computer the self-luminous back lit display in the computer can cause the melatonin levels to drop making him/her difficult to sleep.
3. Behavioral problems: Viewing TV for more than two hours can lead to behavioral problems and poor social skills. Excessive watching of TV, or obsessively reaching for an iPod or smartphone, can also pave the way for anti-social behavior. Spending too much time in front of the computers can cause physical changes in the brain and lead to attention and behavioral issues. Too much video gaming can also permanently or temporarily deactivate certain nerves in the brain.
4. Impaired academic performance and less time for play: Excessive TV time has also been linked with other negative outcomes like poor academic performance and less physical play. Too much screen time leaves less time for creative and active play which is indispensable for the growth of the child.
5. Emotional problems: Too much time spent in front of the screen can cause emotional problems such as depression and anxiety in children. Moreover, children who spend more time in front of the TV or computer have reduced levels of self-worth, self-esteem and happiness.
6. Violence and fear: Exposure to excess doses of violence can also make them more aggressive and less sympathetic towards people. Excess TV viewing can also trigger feelings of fear when they watch scary things.
7. Other problems: Excessive use of phones and tablets can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain, frequent headaches, neck pain and back pain too. Research studies also depict that too much computer time or sitting glued to the TV may also hurt your heart and shorten your life span.
To limit screen time it is best to keep TV’s and computers out of bedroom. Moreover children should not be allowed to eat in front of the screen as it can lead to mindless munching, which paves the way for obesity. Involving them in alternative activities can prevent them from spending too much time in front of the screen. Most of all we have to set a good example by restricting our screen time.continue...
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