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REASONS TO TURN OFF YOUR TV
“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room & read a good book.” – Groucho Marx
1. Watching TV eat your time
A researched showed the average American watched an average of 5.1 hours per day, or 153 hours of TV a month. That’s 1/3 of the time we are awake! Over a lifetime, an 80-year-old person would have watched 116,800 hours of television, compared to only 98,000 hours of work. As a nation, adults watch 880 million hours of television every day or 321 billion hours per year.Imagine what could get done if we all just stopped watching TV. You could get in all your exercise, cook your meals from scratch and still have time left over to write a novel. Not watching TV has given a lot more free time to do things that we love.
2. TV slows down your brain activity
Research has shown that when you are watching TV, your higher brain regions shut down, and activities shift to the lower brain regions. Your lower brain is set in a “fight or flight” response mode. In the long run, your higher brain regions experience atrophy due to lack of usage. There have been studies that TV viewing among children leads to lower attention and poorer brain development.Imaging when you are watching TV, you would feel sluggish and insert. After a while, you would feel sleepy. Compare this with other activities say talking to a friend, using the computer, reading a book, writing articles, you are a whole lot more active. Imagine spending so much time in front of TV every day – it’s a matter of time before you turn into a zombie.
3. TV linked with lower life satisfaction
Research has showed that heavy viewers of TV report lower life satisfaction and higher anxiety. Many of us watch TV, specifically drama serials, because we want to see the stories unfold for the characters. What’s going to happen to X? What Y gets the outcome he/she deserves? Will A and B get together? What will the ending be? It’s all very exciting, and keep us yearning for more. Then for the whole week, we wait excitedly for the next episode to see what happens. It showed many of us watch TV because we see ourselves in the characters.
4. Turn off TV are likely to build more meaningful relationships
TV is one of the favourite pastimes in families. They spend evenings in front of the TV screen, watching show after show. Even though everyone is sitting together in the same room, they aren’t bonding with each other. Each of them is just developing an isolated connection with whatever is on the TV screen. Now, imagine if all this time is spent talking to each other. Say, asking how each other’s days were, understanding each other, discussing tomorrow’s plans, being a part of each other’s lives, just hanging out. Isn’t that a more meaningful way to connect? Why build a connection with the television and characters on screen when you can be building a connection with real people?
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