We all know that watching too much TV is not good for you, but dying earlier because of it? Let’s explore what Television does to our brain and our bodies:
Prolonged sitting in front of the TV leads to heart disease and other health issues. According to a new study provided by the American Heart Association, people who watched more than 4 hours a day “were 80 percent more likely to die from heart disease and 46 percent more likely to die form any cause”. The study shows that from the 8,800 adults that were in the study for a period of 6 years, 284 died during the time of the experiment. According to the author of the study, David Dunstan, “Modern technology has virtually engineered a lot of incidental, non-sweaty activity out of our lives.
Watching too much TV is no different than smoking
Comparing watching too much TV to smoking is a daring claim. According to a study done by the University of Queensland, “every hour of television a person watches reduced the viewer’s life expectancy by almost 22 minutes.” What an eye opener. If you planned to watch TV today maybe you should change your plans. Experts discovered that “one cigarette cuts 11 minutes off a lifespan, equivalent to half an hour of TV watching.”, hence another reason to start moving more and avoid being sedentary.
Too much TV can lead to obesity because of the constant snacking, lack of movement and lower metabolism, which doesn’t allow the food to be digested properly. Many children become obese, not only because of unhealthy eating, but also because of the lack of extra curricular activities. In my opinion, TV should be regulated by the parents and not used as a babysitter.
Another reason we shouldn’t watch too much TV is because of its addiction. If you follow a show and you feel like you can’t miss one episode you need to reevaluate your mental state. Addiction to TV also translates into insomnia, ugly behavior toward other family members, emotional distress, etc. TV is not real life, but a false reality which we try to make our own, unsuccessfully, therefore we become depressed, bored and tired of life.
You may want to argue that TV educates us, which is true in some circumstances. Some of the TV channels are educative and we can learn a lot from them, but most shows we watch we could do without. If you want to live longer, start moving more.