Negative effects of viewing television are increasing periodically
Binge watching is a relatively new study by researchers and it has been observed that viewing of television online has risen to 688% by mid-2014 as from 2013 (Wohsen).
Since the invention of the first electronic television in the early 1927 by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, it has been observed through research and surveys that the use of the innovative invention is indeed on a periodical increase as well as and more especially the negative effects of viewing a variety of media platforms. Although television can be very informative through certain channels and a great source of unlimited entertainment, modern society has succumbed to indulging in what is referred to as binge watching (The act of watching multiple television programmes at an accelerated rate). Watching television requires physical inactivity and excessive inactivity of more than 2 t0 5 hours’ or more is an unhealthy habit and very harmful to viewers. I will be highlighting some of the various health hazards (such as health and mental issues, sleeping disorders, Procrastination/ neglecting of work and encouragement of violent behaviour) caused in individuals as a result of uncontrollable binge watching
Although most viewers are aware but ignore the harmful effects of prolonged binge watching, it is important to stay vigilant on the negative physical and mental effects that accompany this bad habit before its too late. Scientific studies conducted by the Labour of Bureau statistics as well as by the Harvard School of Public health have found that excessive binge watching and lack of exercise linked to a health risk such as type 2 diabetes (Archon). furthermore Lilian Chuengs studies additionally contributes as she states that “evidence proves that the more television people watch excessively , the more likely they are to gain weight or become overweight or obese”,(Chueng ; Archon). (Daniel Burdon, 2017), research conducted by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute states that children who invest a phenomenal time limit of more than two hours of screen time unmonitored by parents are at a 1.7 greater risk of suffering hyperactivity and low attention span. It hinders creative thinking skills,. A comparison between adults that invest less than two hours to those that spend more screen time than required has evidently been associated with an increase of a 50% chance of death by any cause and 125% risky chance of experiencing cardiovascular diseases. In addition these viewers are susceptible to obesity, metabolic syndrome; high blood pressure, high sugar levels and uncontrollable weight gain (Levine).
Uncontrollable binge watching has been discovered to be an encouragement of violence and change in behaviour in adults and children. The most vulnerable are children and concerns have been raised by researchers and pre cautious parents on the negative effects that binge watching has on them as their minds are young and impressionable because they get ex-posed to excessively graphic, violence and explicit sexual content
. (The National Television Violence study) highlights that the way TV content such as violence is portrayed encourages children to re-enact, adopt and imitate those actions. If left mislead, as a result this leads to acquired promiscuous and aggressive behavioural patterns. As noted by a study by Schramm, Parker and Lyle, it has become evident that most children viewing (two thirds) prefer to watch shows where adults make up majority of the crowd in addition hypothetically proven, television does not act as a safety valve for violence but plays a large role in contributing to delinquency and crime ( Schramm). In conclusion, researchers have cautioned parents to monitor their children’s binge watching habits, especially in that of boys, in attempt to reduce possibilities of acquiring violent behaviour as television is a major contributor.
Investing too much time watching television is bad for you and your time too. It has been ob-served according to a survey that binge watchers develop the attitude and inability to control this bad habit, referring to themselves as addicted, lacking in self-control to stop, and in addi-tion leading to neglected activities as observed by the Bureau Of Labour Statistics ( Karmaka ; Kruger) furthermore they discovered through surveys that ” Americans spend about two hours and 49 minutes per day watching television, which accounts to more than 50% of their daily activities”. Investing this much time doesn’t give them time to engage in other activities. Studies have indicated that binge watching interrupts education, with an estimated devotion of 12 to 24 hours a week, an elementary or school child(Age 6 to 12) is unable to devote time to school work, resulting to failure( Himmelweit , Oppenheim, and Vince).
According to surveys researchers have uncovered that people living in the Western world spend from 5 to10 hours a day watching television, avoiding strenuous activities, cooking healthy food is no longer a necessity, lack of communication in family’s occurs and children get neglected as they are not given attention (Archon).
As stated in this essay, It all comes down to one fact of which has been proven by studies which is the fact that the side effects of watching television are more negative than positive and too much exposure to television results to mental and health issues. Children exposed to explicit or violent scenes acquire aggressive attitudes and a child with high aggression will probably make special use of the aggressive material he finds in a television programme and is likely to engage in criminal acts. Watching too much television is a waste of time and pro-vides viewers with a distorted view of reality. That is why it is of vital importance to monitor the amount of time children spend on television, especially with the help of parents and teachers.