While there is no doubt that television can be a great form of entertainment, too much of anything is rarely desirable. With young, impressionable minds, some degree of regulation is particularly important.
Firstly, the likelihood of a child suffering from obesity if they spend too much time in front of the TV is well documented, while the suggestion that a TV-addicted child may become more aggressive is open to debate. In all cases, the amount of time spent watching television by the parent will invariably have a commensurate effect on the child. Indeed, watching TV instead of spending quality time with the kids has proven to have a significantly negative effect.
Of course television is not all bad. While some seem to suggest that TV is a monster, corrupting our children and turning them into obese, violent morons, it can be both fun and educational for them and a great means by which to collectively unwind for the parents. Indeed, there are numerous programmes out there that can positively enrich our lives.
The Problem with TV
One of the key issues is there is simply too much of it. In the age of digital TV with companies such as Time Warner cable, not only are the choices too numerous to mention with literally hundreds of channels available, but the possibility of recording everything for a later date compounds the issue. In short, for many people television has become an obsession and there is significant evidence that this is having an adverse effect on the family as a whole.
Researchers have found that when the television is on, the level of interaction between children and their parents drops considerably both in terms of quality and quantity. Indeed, the general belief that background TV doesn’t have any effect on children provided that they don’t look at the screen has been proven to be erroneous.
For those parents who have access to companies such as Time Warner cable and feel that they are watching too much of it, they may be correct. The fact is most of the programmes that parents watch, wonderful as they may seem, are probably of limited interest to their offspring. In such cases it is generally advisable to record the programmes you simply can’t miss and to watch them at a later date when the children are not around.
Indeed, the simplest way in which to improve the quality of family life is to keep the TV switched off for as long as possible. Many parents find it a good idea to have a set time, perhaps a couple of hours a night, during which the TV is on. Even then the choice of programme should be limited to those that can be enjoyed by all the family, ideally choices that may lead to a little discussion. Many also find it a good idea to keep the TV switched off at weekends.
Nonetheless, what is right for some may work for others. How much TV an individual enjoys is likely to come down to a matter of personal choice. The important thing to remember is that TV should never come before spending quality time with the family. Any responsible adult should be ready to help with the kids’ homework or take them out for some fresh air and exercise. Most parents of course already recognise this. However, there are a few TV related facts of which some may be unaware.
Research has shown that just one hour of TV a day can greatly increase the possibility of suffering from a potentially fatal cardiovascular disease. In fact, the risk can be increased by some 18% in certain cases. In addition, a 9% increase in the risk of suffering a cancer-related illness is associated with too much TV and an overall 11% increase in death from all causes has been estimated.
The fact is the human body was designed to move rather than remain stationary for long periods of time. The evidence appears to show that sitting in front of the TV for an extended period of time is not only harmful to our health and that of our children, but it radically impacts upon the quality time we are able to spend with them.
About Author : Nigella Hobbes is a market surveyor who has a thorough knowledge of the latest technology, especially in the field of and internet. She has written many articles on Time Warner as well as other latest services and gadgets which are presently craze of the market.