Effects of Excessive Television Viewing Is television good or bad for your health? What effects does TV have on children, teens and adults? It’s a good thing to watch TV, but it has to be for a certain amount of time. There are many adults who let their young children watch TV only, because they want to keep them entertained while they are busy. One thing that the parent doesn’t notice is that they are hurting their child more than what they think. Many teenagers these days get home and eat, watch TV, and later on they do their homework, after watching TV for hours.
These teenagers are linking themselves to many problems that will affect their brains and bodies in the long run. Lastly many adults watch TV while eating or when they get home from work. These adults aren’t only hurting themselves but they are also setting a bad example for their children. Scientist recommend that children under the age of two shouldn’t watch TV. It’s better for them to play with their siblings and their parents. Children ages 2-4 may watch a limited amount of TV per week.
However, if these kids watch too much television it’s like allowing them to play with fire. This is because excessive TV viewing is linked to obesity, violent behavior and problems with brain development. For these children it’s recommended that they play around with other kids their own age. If you want your child to watch educational programs that is ok, but after a certain amount of time you child should exercise, move around or even practice what they saw on TV. If it is beneficial for them.
Statistics show that K-12 kids these days like to watch a lot of TV. The scientist also show that this may lead them to obesity, problems with attention, emotional health issues, brain development, difficulty in school, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, violent behavior and even sex. Excessive television viewing may lead to violent behavior because many TV shows carry a lot of violence; but they don’t show the consequences that happen in real life. The average American child sees 200,000 acts of violence on TV before the age of 18.
These acts may cause kids to become more aggressive or desensitized to violence. Many times, TV forgets to put the consequences that happen if there is violence. By this drama and by the violence that is shown on the news, many kids are scared of the world and tend to have nightmares. Excessive television viewing can lead the kid to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes because they see people doing these things. Statistics show that kids who watch five or more hours of television a day are significantly more likely to start smoking than kids who watch less than two hours.
These facts show why kids ages K-12 should only watch TV 10 hours a week, approximately an hour and 30 minutes a day. Many adults like to get home from work and watch TV. This is bad for them, because they can have problems of obesity which not only hurts them but also their family. These adults hurt the family, because they don’t pay attention to their because they are busy watching TV. Many families don’t like going out during the weekend. They would rather stay indoors and watch TV.
All of this hurts the entire family because they don’t get enough exercise and their brains are only connected to the drama in the movies and not to the real life. Statistics show who adults that watch TV for long periods of time have a higher risk of early death. Every hour and adult spends in front of the TV shortens there life 22 minutes. These facts are, because most of the adults aren’t healthy and they don’t do enough exercise. In conclusion, it’s ok to watch TV but with limits. Your age should determine how much TV you are can watch and still have enough time and energy to do healthy activities.
Many kids who watch too much TV also have problems at school with attention because of so much drama that they watch. Many teenagers enter drugs at such a young age, because they see the wrong things on television but do not see the consequences of those actions. Many adults also suffer from obesity and loss of family members because they don’t spend quality time with them. Many adults also have an early death, because they watch too much TV and they don’t have time for taking care of themselves or their families.