Stop TV Addiction

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The future of TV content delivery is the Internet

Internet connected tvThe television, the tube, the TV, the box – Whatever you ascribe to it, however you feel about its use or overuse, it is clear that, with respect to entertainment, it’s on the short list of the most important technological advancements ever. What’s also clear is that television is changing, morphing into a more customize-able, personalize-able experience; but it’s taken another of our watershed technological advances to spur it through its metamorphosis –  the Internet.

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Smart TVs are beginning to realize their potential as they dual-wield the powers of connectivity and computation, and provide the consumer with a myriad of entertainment options that extend beyond plain old cable. This kind of maturation, however, may only be the tip of the iceberg. For now, Smart TV mostly takes advantage of a pre-set, on-demand cache of TV shows and movies. While these represent an enticing entertainment option, they’re not a substitute to live TV, but rather a supplement. Recently, however, we’ve begun to see the next step(s) plotted out.

Television Addiction – What is it?

It is noted that the average person spends about three hours a day sitting in front of the TV set, which is half of their leisure time. And, it is known that heavy viewers report watching eight hours a day. The question is, “Are these people addicted to the television?”

Television can teach and amuse, and it does provide needed distraction and escape. Yet, the difficulty arises when one strongly senses the need to stop viewing as much, and yet find they are unable to reduce viewing.

Television Addiction – What are the Effects?

In 1997, 700 Japanese children were rushed to a hospital to be treated with epileptic seizures. These seizures were later attributed to a program which was aired that involved an exaggerated version of the Pokemon game that had flashing colorful lights.

Laboratory experiments1 have also been done to study people’s reactions to TV by monitoring brain waves by the use of EEG (electroencephalograph). Those who participated in the study carried a beeper. They were signaled six to eight times a day randomly over the period of a week. When they heard the beep, they were to write down what they were doing and how they were feeling. People who were watching TV when beeped reported feeling relaxed and passive. The studies showed less mental stimulation as measured by alpha brain-wave production during viewing TV than if these participants had been reading. After the television set was turned off, this study showed the participants were still very relaxed and passive as if all energy had left them.

This suggests that TV viewing has a numbing effect, and reaction to the body is likened to that of a tranquilizer. Drowsiness occurs, and one may even experience depression as the viewing continues. A person actually disengages from real life becoming immersed in what is being shown on the screen which, in turn, causes excessive viewing; more so than anticipated in the beginning.

Are you addicted to TV

Are you addicted to TV

Television Addiction – How to Avoid It

Is there hope from becoming struck with television addiction?

Keep a record of how much TV you watch and when you watch. Do this for one week.
List all the other fun activities you can do at home instead of watching TV. Place your list on your refrigerator so you can check this list BEFORE you turn on the TV. Consider fun things to do as a family, household projects you’d like to complete, outside activities, reading, exercise, etc.
Set a limit for how much TV you will watch in one week. Record your time and stick to your commitment.
Commit to exercising whenever you watch TV, such as walking on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike, etc.
Consider removing your TV for a set period of time. You might find yourself talking to your family again instead of watching the TV so much.


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