Child versus TV – Physical and Mental Health
For most of my life, I’ve believed a television to be more toxic than entertaining. Even though it can be used in addition to physical activities, the television itself engages your mind, not your body. You largely surrender your ability to think and create as you relax on a sofa or recliner and “veg.”
When VCRs first came out, I remember joking that man had basically invented an electronic babysitter, because you could pop in a movie and children would become instantly mesmerized, keeping them occupied and out of the way of adults for hours.
Perhaps this is the reason so many adults now seem completely incapable of thinking for themselves, having grown up with increasing amounts of information constantly being spoon-fed into their minds, with little to no effort towards developing their own critical analysis skills. And what has it done to the psyche of people to absorb all the sex, violence, and fake news from television? I believe it’s impossible to actually know, but there is no way it hasn’t had a negative impact on individuals and thus society as a whole.
With the growing epidemic of obesity, I have always looked at the television as an obstacle, viewing it from the standpoint of; the more time spent in front of a television (sedentary and often eating) is either increasing stored energy or maintaining at best, but no expulsion of energy. Basically, less play time leads to fat children. But, there’s another psychological component that I believe is largely overlooked by parents who allow their children to park themselves in front of television; the average child watches 40,000 commercials per year, many of which are guilty of glorifying an unhealthy lifestyle of fast foods, snacks, and sugar-based food and drinks.
Please consider how often the television is telling your child that something is okay, compared with how often you are telling your child that something is not okay. Do you really think you’re winning that battle in your child’s mind? So on top of being sedentary, our children are being programmed in ways that most of us would never approve of, if we were paying attention.