Watching TV is something virtually everyone does, but did you know that TV can actually be harmful to you? Television viewing can, for example, increase your risk of premature death, reduce your level of intelligence, completely obliterate your ability to concentrate and increase your risk of developing neurodegenerative brain disorders. Researchers in Australia have concluded that watching television increases risk of death from heart disease, strokes and even cancer. Every hour spent watching television each day increases the risk of dying from heart disease by almost a fifth, say scientists.
Print article. Does TV rot the brain of a child glued to the screen more than an hour or two a day, as many parents fear? One to two hours is the maximum dose recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group discourages all media use for children under 2. According to brain scientist Daphne Bavelier, the effects of television depend completely on the quality of the TV kids watch. Many television programs foster cognitive gains, she reports, while others decidedly do not. Teletubbies , however, is linked to decreases in both.
What happens to your brain when you binge-watch a TV series
The parental scolding dates back to the black-and-white days of I Love Lucy , and today concern is growing amid a flood of video streaming on portable devices. But are young minds really being harmed? With brain imaging, the effects of regular TV viewing on a child's neural circuits are plain to see. Studies suggest watching television for prolonged periods changes the anatomical structure of a child's brain and lowers verbal abilities. Behaviorally, even more detrimental effects may exist: although a cause-and-effect relation is hard to prove, higher rates of antisocial behavior, obesity and mental health problems correlate with hours in front of the set.
New research from the United Kingdom shows that regularly watching over three hours of TV each day could lead to cognitive decline in language and memory down the line. The study was published late February in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers examined data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging of 3, adults who were 50 years or older.