What are some disadvantages of watching television?


Watching television can trigger attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), distort a person's view of reality and lead to negative health effects. Some scholars, such as those at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association, have even argued that television desensitizes people to violence, making them more likely to be violent.

Following the widespread popularity of television, the device has been attributed to social ills. Though broad denunciations of "the boob tube" and its effects on dumbing down society are hyperbolic, many studies do show some long-term effects of watching television. For example, certain crime shows cause the "CSI effect," in which juries conditioned by the flashy technology and dramatic stories on shows like "CSI" are disappointed when they encounter real-life police work. This effect causes more acquittals in the court room.

Some scholars note that the psychological effects of watching television cause the release of dopamine in the brain. As a result, people, especially children, have less dopamine to use during mundane tasks like homework and chores, leading to conditions like ADHD. Finally, the sedentary way in which most people view television leads to many detrimental long-term health effects, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiac events. Though the evidence is not conclusive, there do seem to be several disadvantages associated with television consumption.

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