Television is a great distraction, but it may be harmful to your health and well-being. There have been many studies of the disastrous effect of TV on youths, but adults may suffer similar consequences if they spend too much gazing at the tube. From tangible dangers like weight gain, to the less obvious problems associated with an increased acceptance of societal violence and a warped body image, TV could literally be killing you.
Watching just one hour of television a day can make a person more violent towards others, according to a year study. In some circumstances, TV watching increases the risk of violence by five times. The new research indicates the effect is seen not just in children, as has been suggested before, but in adults as well.
The reasons for the reportedly high use of TV watching among older adults despite its potential negative health consequences are not known. To investigate age differences in time use and affective experience in TV use in a nationally representative sample. Using an innovative assessment of affective experience in a nationally representative sample, several putative reasons were examined for age-related increases in TV use.
Scientists and doctors have known for years that older adults who move more, socialize more and use their brains more are more likely to escape dementia. But that trend apparently starts as early as your 20s. A new study suggests that a major fast-track toward cognitive decline is skipping the gym and sitting in front of the TV for hours and hours. In fact, those with the lowest physical activity and the most TV watching — even in their 20s and 30s — were twice as likely to score lowest among their peers on a series of brain power tests.
American children watch an average of four hours of television daily. Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior. Unfortunately, much of today's television programming is violent.
We tested for the existence of both short-term and long-term effects for aggressive behavior. We also tested the theory-driven hypothesis that short-term effects should be greater for adults and long-term effects should be greater for children. As expected, the short-term effects of violent media were greater for adults than for children whereas the long-term effects were greater for children than for adults.
Teenagers and young adults who watched more than one hour of television daily were more likely to commit violent crimes and engage in other forms of aggressive behavior later, according to a new report. An association between television violence and aggression has been well established by studies over the last four decades. But most research has focused on the television viewing habits of children.
Grab the remote. Click away to see how watching TV, particularly prolonged viewing, can hurt your health and reduce your quality of life. Chan School of Public Health. Binge-watching may increase your risk for diabetes Research on people at higher risk for developing diabetes found that for each hour spent watching TV per day, the risk of developing the disease increased 3.
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.