Television and cable and satellite are great inventions, but humans tend to misuse them. On TV, there is barely any restriction on what can be diffused. As a matter of fact, violence, crime and nudity are the most frequent themes shown on TV. An average American child will see 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on TV by age 18, said the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Children imitate the violence they see on TV. Children under age eight cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy, making them more vulnerable to learning from and adopting as reality the violence they see on TV(American Academy of Pediatrics). Indeed these enormous amount of hours watching TV when at home leads to changes not only in eating habits and health, but also on one’s psychology and eventually the impact on the social life.
Watching too much TV can affect you eating habits. When kids get back from school, when parents get back from work, with their about just about to explode, they want to relax, so they sit back on the couch and open up the TV. Then they go grab something to eat and drink to increase the excitement of watching TV. My point is, when you are supposed to have lunch at a certain time in the day, with your family, and you have already eaten snacks before, you no longer have the appetite and you end up eating at a later hour, or even eating nothing. Therefore your meals are not equally distributed throughout the day, which is recommended for a constant contribution of energy. Another change is also physical. People spend an average of 4 hours and 34 minutes a day according to the Nielsen Company, a Marketing Intelligence Service. They eat snacks nonstop, not even realizing when they get stuffed, but what they don’t realize the most is that they are putting on a lot of weight. Obesity becomes then a major problem of TV. You must take into account that many people are way off the 4 hours and 34 minutes average and spend more hours eating. People literally...
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