Ah, television – we love it, we hate it, and we want to watch it! Although many of us no longer have a traditional cable subscription, our consumption of media hasn’t slowed down. With the popularity of streaming platforms and the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19, people are watching TV more than ever. It’s easy to when there are so many new TV shows, movies, documentaries, animated films, and more! However, there is a dark side to too much TV. In fact, it can be very harmful to your health. Read on to see how you can be potentially impacted below.
Can Lead to Obesity and/or Diabetes.
According to medical professionals familiar with the subject, too much time spent in front of the TV discourages movement, while simultaneously encouraging excess eating. It’s quite simple for anyone to plop down in front of their big-screen and enjoy snacks that are maybe not-so-great for them – so, don’t be hard on yourself! Just keep in mind that every four hours you spend with your TV increases your chances of being diabetic by 3.4 percent. Be conscious of this, when choosing how much time to devote to your favorite new, binge-able Netflix Original each evening.
Denies You of Much-Needed Sleep.
Just like your smartphone, your TV emits blue light, which can disrupt or alter sleep patterns. Blue light can actually interfere with your brain’s ability to produce melatonin, making it more difficult for you to fall asleep. Like your iPhone or Android, you’ll want to power down your TV about an hour before bedtime. It’s also ill-advised to sleep with the TV on, as well, no matter how comforting it might be. Why? Well, the blue light can also be very disruptive to your sleep, even if you’re already asleep.
Causes Depression or Increased Aggression.
Believe it or not, too much TV can make you depressed. Even though a lot of us are still in isolation, it’s important to socialize in the ways you can, whether it’d be through Zoom or Google Hangouts. Excess TV time can lead you to isolate even further, and let’s face it— it can just make you feel down in the dumps. If you’re watching too much TV, you could also find yourself dealing with increased aggression. Studies have found that there is a close link between aggression and violent media, especially in children.
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