The effects of excessive television consumption

David Mandrake

DC, WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 17, 2022 / — Burst TV series are becoming more and more popular due to the steady rise of streaming platforms in recent years.

Netflix often releases a whole series of episodes at once instead of following the tradition of releasing one episode every week. Viewers are more likely to binge-watch series and sometimes prioritize it over other useful activities such as exercise, sleep, and socializing.

Clearly, binge-watching is an addictive behavior that people need to stop. The instant gratification of being absorbed in the drama of the series and watching until the end of the series means that all caution is cast aside. A viewer could easily spend the whole weekend on the couch watching their favorite show, usually eating junk food or doing the bare minimum of tasks.

Health effects

It’s hard to understand the harm health effects to binge watch a favorite TV show. Experts have indicated that it can affect a spectator’s cardiovascular system, sleep patterns, and vision.

Since binge-watching involves sitting in the same position for long periods of time, the risk of developing metabolic syndrome increases. This condition increases the risk of developing other diseases such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

Also, sitting for long periods of time and doing little physical activity can increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in the legs. On the possible occasion that the blood clot breaks and travels to the lungs or heart, it will be fatal.

Instead of watching on a loop, watching a TV show over time and with designated breaks, the viewer will engage in physical activities. This will ensure good blood circulation and thus reduce the risk of harming the health of the spectator.

Binge-watching also involves eye strain – the viewer’s eyes are more focused on the television screen than usual. The health effects of eye strain include headaches, dry eyes, shoulder and neck pain, and blurred vision.

A viewer’s sleep patterns can also be disrupted by binge-watching. People who watch shows excessively have suffered from insomnia, poor quality sleep and severe fatigue.

When binge-watching, a viewer is unlikely to fall asleep at their usual bedtime and are more likely to sleep fewer hours. Sleep deprivation physically and mentally affects an individual’s health, including memory deficits, depression, lack of coordination, and heart problems.

Effects on socialization

Binge-watching can also negatively affect socialization, as viewers might prioritize binge-watching a TV show over forming or maintaining social relationships. Some will turn down invitations to attend a social event or hang out with friends because they want to binge-watch a TV show.

A lack of socialization can harm physical and mental health. There is an increased risk of suffering a stroke and/or developing heart disease. Additionally, the inability to socialize leads to fewer social relationships, which can contribute significantly to mood disorders such as depression.

Additionally, binge-watching can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, as viewers may choose to binge-watch their TV show instead of completing important tasks or responsibilities and inevitably suffer the consequences.

David Mandrake
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