TV Rots More Than Your Brain


Remem­ber back in the day when you were a kid and your mother shooed you from in front of the TV, claim­ing wild implau­si­bil­i­ties like too much tube would blind you? Well, it turns out Mom may not have been so nutty after all. Study after study has con­cluded that pro­longed TV-watching ses­sions can lead to seri­ous health prob­lems later in life. Those mal­adies can include:

  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Increased risk of obe­sity (TV watch­ing can lead to increase con­sump­tion of unhealthy, energy-dense foods.)
  • Dis­rup­tion of nor­mal sleep cycle (Light emit­ted by TV may stim­u­late our sys­tems, lead­ing to a decrease in hor­mones gov­ern­ing sleep.)
  • Increased risk of asthma
  • Devel­op­ment of child­hood Atten­tion Deficit Dis­or­der (Could be spurred by rapid changes in sound and image on TV)
  • Eye strain
  • Reduc­tion in sperm pro­duc­tion in men
  • Greater chance of mind­less eat­ing lead­ing to weight gain

Some experts believe that the sim­ple act of sit­ting still, a com­mon con­di­tion when watch­ing TV, has a hugely neg­a­tive affect on your health. Long peri­ods of inac­tiv­ity mean decreased mus­cle move­ment, which can lead to a decrease in metab­o­lism. Watch­ing too much TV can also affect some non-physical aspects of your life, including:

  • Your per­sonal rela­tion­ships (The more you believe in roman­tic rela­tion­ships of TV cou­ple, the less sat­is­fied with your own relationship.)
  • Neg­a­tive impact on the intel­lec­tual devel­op­ment of kids and degra­da­tion of men­tal pro­cess­ing power in older people.
  • An increase in exhi­bi­tion of aggres­sive behav­ior in chil­dren exposed to too much TV.
  • Reduc­tion in social inter­ac­tion which may lead to social phobias

The bot­tom line is that Mom wasn’t quite right. TV does rot your brain, but it can ruin a lot more than that.