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The Surprising Link Between Depression And Watching Too Much TV


How many of you spend too much time watching TV when you have other responsibilities to attend to? Don’t be embarrassed, we all do it. You’re getting ready to begin writing that paper and you grab the remote “just to see whats on.” Before you know it, it’s four hours later and you don’t have anything to show for your day except the crumbs on the couch and the Jersey Shore marathon.

It happens way too often, and although there is nothing wrong with watching your occasional TV show, an excess amount of hours in front of the television can lead to serious depression and even weight gain.

Think about it, what are you actually gaining when you’re watching TV? The answer is, not much. Sure, you can get laughs from a comedy series or a rush from a building drama, but once that TV turns off you realize it was only temporary. You’re still alone in your room with you’re to-do list piling up. Watching TV takes away many of the activities that reduce the risk of depression and make you a happy belle! When you’re watching TV are you getting any…

  • Exercise
  • Social interaction

    Come to the dark side...we have television!

  • Tasks accomplished
  • Knowledge
  • Physical contact
  • Fresh air

If you’re not, I think it’s time to rethink your relationship with television. A general social survey found that people who described themselves as happy were more socially active and attended more social gatherings. Unhappy people watched more television. According to rodale.com around 70 percent of TV enthusiasts were classified as obese. More television time is associated with increased obesity, lower intake of fresh produce and decreased physical activity. It is also correlated with decreased psychological health. Anxiety and depression increase with more frequent TV sessions.

How much TV is OK?

Studies have show that people who watch more than two hours of television a day, but still got the recommended 30 minutes of exercise, were just as likely to feel depressed and anxious as those who don’t get exercise. The average American watches up 151 hours of television a month. That’s more than six full days of watching TV! Studies have shown that people should spend no more than one hour in front of the television.

How TV affects your life.

  • Television drains your brain:

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the average U.S. adult watches more than four hours of television a day. That’s 25 percent of useful time wasted every dayWith all of that extra time you could learn a new language, read a book, learn how to cook, exercise, and who knows, maybe meet your future spouse!

“Over a lifetime, an 80-year-old person would have watched 116,800 hours of television, compared to only 98,000 hours of work. As a nation, adults watch 88 million hours of television every day or 321 billion hours per year. Whew! Imagine what could get done if we all just stopped watching TV”

Mark Stibich, Ph.D., former About.com Guide.

  • TV stresses you out:

We have all heard the expression “there aren’t enough hours in a day” Well, there are even less when we spend our precious time watching TV. Too much TV time leaves less time for your every day errands. We become stressed out and overwhelmed because we put aside tasks that are important such as finishing projects, cleaning, feeding pets and even paying our bills!

  • TV makes you gain weight:

TV is incredibly distracting. This distraction translate to eating while watching TV. Snacking in front of the TV is dangerous because it limits your ability to assess how much you are actually eating. According to the University of Massachusetts, people eat between 31 and 41 percent more calories while watching TV.

Watching the television is a difficult habit to quit. With so many TV shows, there is something for everyone. Remember that your favorite show cannot replace fresh air, exercise or your friends. If you find yourself watching more than four hours of television every day, you might want to cut down. Start slowly, try cutting down to three hours a day and then gradually move down to an hour and a half of TV. You will start to feel the difference in your mood and overall happiness without TV cluttering your life. TV has a direct correlation to your health. Take the time to moderate your habits and your lifestyle will improve drastically.

 

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This entry was posted on September 18, 2011 by in Bliss, Healthy Belle, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , .
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