There’s nothing wrong about watching TV. In fact, it’s a good way to take a break from work, to ease your mind off the stresses of your daily life. What becomes a problem is when you’re glued to the television for longer than you should or when you can be doing something more productive or helpful instead.
Spending the whole day in front of the boob tube doesn’t only make your mind passive but also impart negative effects on your health.
Here are some of those effects that you should be wary about.
• Excessive television watching leads to sedentary lifestyle. This kind of lifestyle greatly increases the risk of obesity, which can bring about a host of health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, and heart diseases among many others. Sitting in front of the TV for hours each day robs you of time that you could be spending on physical activities such as walking, playing sports, jogging, playing with the kids and so on.
• Constant exposure to food advertisements increases the risk of diabetes and heart diseases. How is that possible? When you watch food commercials that promote intake of fatty and sugary foods/beverages, your mind is unconsciously programmed to want these food products. Eating too much of these can lead to diabetes and heart problems.
• Staring at the television screen for hours can deteriorate your eye health, leading to poor eyesight. That’s because the television emits radiation and artificial lighting that are harmful to your eyes.
• Late night television watching can decrease amount of good quality sleep and even lead to related problems like insomnia. When you’re glued to the TV and you can’t seem to turn it off even when it’s already very late, you can be sleepless and restless. You won’t be able to get the number of sleep hours that your body and mind need to recuperate. In time, it’s possible that you’d develop insomnia or difficulty in sleeping.
• Television makes you a passive observer. The body isn’t the only one taking a toll with your excessive TV watching. Your mind is also impaired. When you stare at the screen, your brain isn’t stimulated as much as it would have been if you’re engaged in much more productive activities like conversations, sports, hobbies, and so on.
• Watching too much TV can also bring about headache and fatigue. When you’re feeling tired, your productivity diminishes. This can in turn affect performance in school or workplace.
• In children, constant light flickering can cause harm to the nervous system. It can also store negative ideologies since many programs promote violence. Children would also tend to spend more time in front of the TV than playing outside, which is very important for their physical health.
Obviously, watching too much television isn’t good for your health. But it doesn’t mean you’d have to quit doing it altogether. To avoid the negative repercussions of this activity, limit television watching to minimum hours each day, avoid watching shows late night, and don’t watch TV while you eat. Place the television only in the living room and not inside the bedroom or the dining room.