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Does too much tv watching causes psychological and physical damage to children and us?

Do you think that we get more advantages from watching tv than its disadvantages? Does too much tv viewing causes psychological and physical damage to humans? It is true that television is one of the greatest inventions of all time. For example, at 2:56 am Greenwich Mean Time on July 20, 1969, we were able to watch in our living room Neil A. Armstrong step out of the lunar module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft and haltingly walk on the surface of the moon. TV has made it easier to make world smaller as we get the whole world news within seconds from tv. TV produces more problems than it offers blessings. The first problem is no matter how noble our intentions are to watch only worthwhile programming, once we start watching, it is all too easy to become ensnared in its almost hypnotic power to keep us watching regardless of the banality of the content. In the 2004 Journal of Pediatrics, a study from Seattle found that for every hour of television watched between the ages of 1 and 3, the risk of attention problems at age 7 increases nearly 10 per cent. In August 2007 the same journal published a study showing that for children aged between 8 and 16 months, exposure to baby DVDs delayed their speech (for toddlers older than 17 months it did not have an effect). For each hour a day spent watching baby DVDs, infants understood on average six to eight fewer words than those who did not watch them.

Do you think that we get more advantages from watching tv than its disadvantages? Does too much tv viewing causes psychological and physical damage to humans?

It is true that television is one of the greatest inventions of all time. For example, at 2:56 am Greenwich Mean Time on July 20, 1969, we were able to watch in our living room Neil A. Armstrong step out of the lunar module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft and haltingly walk on the surface of the moon. TV has made it easier to make world smaller as we get the whole world news within seconds from tv.

TV produces more problems than it offers blessings. The first problem is no matter how noble our intentions are to watch only worthwhile programming, once we start watching, it is all too easy to become ensnared in its almost hypnotic power to keep us watching regardless of the banality of the content.

In the 2004 Journal of Pediatrics, a study from Seattle found that for every hour of television watched between the ages of 1 and 3, the risk of attention problems at age 7 increases nearly 10 per cent.

In August 2007 the same journal published a study showing that for children aged between 8 and 16 months, exposure to baby DVDs delayed their speech (for toddlers older than 17 months it did not have an effect). For each hour a day spent watching baby DVDs, infants understood on average six to eight fewer words than those who did not watch them.

Forty-nine percent of Americans polled say they spend too much time in front of the TV. The average viewer watches more than four hours of TV each day. That’s two months of non-stop TV-watching per year. In a 65-year life, a person will have spent nine years glued to tv.

According to a 1989 study by Larry Tucker at Brigham Young University, "Men who watch television three or more hours a day are twice as likely to be obese than men who watch for less than an hour."                                                   

Tv watching can cause psychological and physical damage to children.

New research from the University of Bristol in the UK explains that watching more than two hours of TV is a risk to the mental and physical health of kids. “Watching TV or playing computer games for more than two hours a day is related to greater psychological difficulties irrespective of how active children are,” Dr. Angie Page from the University of Bristol says.

Experts say watching too much of the box can cause aggressive behavior in toddlers as well as attention problems, education issues and obesity. And according to a study published in the U.S. journal Pediatrics, simply upping levels of physical activity will not and does not balance out the damage done.

Dr. Aric Sigman, of the British Psychological Society, has been warning people for a while of the dangers of watching too much television. In 2007, he published a report called “Visual Voodoo” that found 15 ways TV viewing was damaging kids’ health. “Watching television, irrespective of the content, is increasingly associated with unfavorable biological and cognitive changes,” he warns. He recommends children under 3 should not watch any TV, while 3- to 5-year-olds should watch no more than half an hour of “good quality programming” a day. Dr. Sigman adds that children ranging from 5 to 12 years of age should only watch one hour a day, and teenagers, an hour and a half.It was in the early 1990s that neuroscientists started to realise what a crucial period the first two years of life are for the human brain. Unlike other organs, the brain is embryonic at birth; it forms itself in response to what it finds on the outside. A completed will always remain adaptable, but 80 per cent of the brain’s architecture is completed after 18 to 24 months. Two things help it grow: interacting with humans and, to a lesser extent, things

In an article 'Top Five Time-Wasting Activities' the author says: There exists no device or “leisure activity” that wastes more time than tv. Americans spent watching television in 2007:                                                                      

Men = 4hrs 35mins

Women = 5hrs 14mins

Teens = 3hrs 21mins

Children = 3hrs 25mins

In one study said the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV everyday. That’s 28 hours a week, and 2 full months of watching TV a year. In America, 99% of population have at least one TV in their homes.

It’s also sad to think that families are not as close as they used to be because of television. Though, one study says that 66% of Americans watch tv while they eat dinner. Children are also being affected greatly by television which changes how families interact with them. Surveys have shown that the total amount of minutes that parents have a meaningful conversation with their children is 3.5 minutes a week. The amount of parent in America that would like to limit their children’s television watching habits is 73%.

TV also decreases one's attention span and weakens one's imagination. It weakens our attention span because we grow used to quick, short bursts of information. As a result, we grow impatient if it takes a while to make a point. TV weakens our imagination because everything is portrayed for us. All we have to do is sit back and observe someone else's imagination. Books are just the opposite. They increase our attention span and help to develop our imagination.

Television is a huge aspect in our life. It seems, though, that it has hurt us and is bad for our health.

* If you are able to use TV wisely, it can be seen as a great thing. However, if you become obsessed with TV, it will make you become an unhealthy individual.

Some quotes about television:

If you came and you found a strange man... teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you'd kick him right out of the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don't think twice about it.

Jerome Singer

If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.

Lily Tomlin

All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?

Nicholas Johnson

Television has changed a child from an irresistible force to an immovable object.

Unknown Author

Useful links and resoruces:

* How Much TV is Too Much for Kids Say No to Television Watching

* The Impact of TV on Our Lives and Our Kids?

* Child's Behaviour Changed When He Stopped Watching TV: Case Study

* Watching TV: Simple Pleasure or Stupid Waste of Time?

* TV Watching - Pros and Cons- Its Influence, Power and Effects

* How TV Destroys Your Mind

* HOW TV IS (quite literally) KILLING US

* The 15 ways in which too much TV wrecks your child's health

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-436941/The-15-ways-TV-wrecks-childs-health.html#ixzz17FQs6D3F

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Comments (9)

Excellent

Well researched and presented.But TV has become an indispensable evil at home since we do not have alternate ways and means for entertainment or we cannot afford to spend more to divert our attention.

Way back, here in PH, when TV was still rare in the household, the owner must face his TV set fronting his house so neighbors can watch. I can still remember 10 to 15 people gather in front of a household with a TV set. It is the unavoidable piece of entertainment. I also watch TV for my research. Great article Amera.

The TV is the culprit for the rising cases of obesity and diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The most damaging thing the TV does is to a child, I agree with you. The brain is indeed embryonic in the sense that it forms according to outside influences.

TV has proven to be one of the most damaging, destructive, and undermining gizmos of all time. Can't wait to see what computers do to us over the same length of time.

I am very proud to say that I do not own a television. But I loved this. Voted and appreciated.

Tv is an angel and at the same time a demon. It helps and destroys. God have mercy.

Thanks for all of your comments. I am really honoured with your appreciation and co-operation in this connection. It gives me courage to write more and good stuff.

Thanks for the information on watching too much tv.

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