If you’re like most people, you watch TV. Did you know the average U.S. adult watches more than 4 hours of TV per day? Think of it this way: that’s about 25 percent of waking time spent every day!
It’s funny, because people are always saying they’re too busy and wish they had more time for things, like cooking their own meals or exercising with a bike ride or walk around the block… when, in fact, they’re probably just using much of their day to watch TV!
What are 5 reasons to turn off the TV?
For starters, TV can stress you out! A lot of people pay way too much attention to the daily news and it gets their blood pressure boiling. What did the President say or do today to offend people? How many kids were gunned down at a school or mall? What about terrible fires consuming people’s homes? TV brings all the problems of the world right into people’s homes, and it’s an endless cycle of ads telling you what you need to buy along with bad news about everything wrong in the world. It’s no wonder that people are depressed and anxious! Could you give up TV (and your phone and the Internet) for one whole week? Now THAT would be a challenge, right?
People who watch a lot of TV are called couch potatoes. That’s because they’re sedentary and shoveling in potato chips, getting fat! Studies show people eat up to 74 percent more calories while watching TV. So, if you want to lose weight, don’t watch so much TV.
Can TV make you boring? A lot of people have no life of their own. They live vicariously through fictional characters they see on screen. Then, when put in social situations, they have nothing interesting to share about their own life because… they’re not really living.
Can TV ruin relationships? Definitely! Instead of paying attention to family members, including spouses and kids, a lot of adults are more focused on what’s on TV. That leaves the other people in the household feeling neglected and unimportant. How are families supposed to have time together and shared experiences if they’re all in different rooms glued to different screens, never interacting?
Finally, TV is the opposite of exercise. With exercise, you burn calories, get your blood pumping, and help yourself stay trim and in-shape. With TV, you don’t burn many calories. You eat a lot. Your brain turns off. It’s not that healthy if you think about it. Some say TV helps them relax… but actually TV is full of stimuli that won’t let your brain relax.