Don’t believe me? Gone are the days of setting up your VCR, praying to the TV gods that your VHS tape would kick in at the right time to record your favorite show. What pandemic? Crucially, TV viewing results in the frontal lobe region of the brain becoming underdeveloped through disuse. If I’m hooked after a quick scan, chances are the book will suit my taste. This can result in uncontrollable angry outbursts, or a lack of self-discipline in one’s life. The saying “TV rots your brain” has more truth to it than you might imagine. Studies using brain imaging on a child’s neural circuits suggest that watching television for prolonged periods changes the anatomical structure of the brain. Processing humor, notes a 2012 Stanford University study, activates brain regions involved in incongruity resolution and reward processing. * Dr. Bruce Lipton’s research suggests that fear induced in pregnant women affects brain development of the fetus which is likely to result in a child with reduced levels of intelligence. More information about the reptilian brain can be found here. These feel-good hormones, called endorphins, are natural sedatives with similar properties to heroin. In most people, this occurs within 30 seconds, or within 3 minutes for very light and infrequent TV viewers. As children, we’ve all heard the famous parental scolding, ‘Go out and play, that TV will rot your brain.’ While TV wouldn’t literally rot your brain, this warning does have a lot of merit. A 2013 New Zealand study found that young adults who had watched more TV as children and adolescents were more likely to be convicted of a crime, receive a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, or exhibit aggressive behavior than those who watched less television. It is more effective to read newspapers to learn about world events than to watch it on a TV screen. So while the negative effects of a TV addiction aren’t as obvious as the harm caused by drug abuse and gambling, it could damage your relationships with others as well as waste your time. If you’re surrounded by people always talking about television, chances are you’ll watch more television. This state is somewhat comparable to hypnosis - and it doesn't end when you switch off the tube. Before you begin reading about the effects that watching television has on your brain, have a look at the following video below: The video that you have just seen uses a clever technique found in the fields of marketing, advertising and persuasion. No, Points to Ponder! Learning a foreign language is also extremely beneficial for the brain, as is exercise in general. Instead, it uses an emotional response which results in little or no analysis of the information. Submitted On March 19, 2010. Tina Marian | This is significant because the right side of the brain tends not to critically analyze incoming information. Reality Television Is Rotting Your Brain. This is part of Bandura’s social learning theory. Actor's awful hoops skills nearly ruined 'Teen Wolf' Does TV Rot Your Brain? The more scene changes there are, the more this response is activated, and the more your attention will be held. Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer on education and brain development, and the founder/director of the Brighter Brains Institute aka. Your parents might have been too late. Sit down to dinner and turn on the TV every night? The hypnotic effect is largely caused by screen flicker which lowers your brainwaves into an alpha state, a state of mind you would normally associate with meditation or deep relaxation. The constant use of violence in TV shows and movies creates an impression that violence is an effective solution for many of life’s problems. Good. Watching television can easily become a habit. What Makes a Hero? Furthermore, the sheer number of violent acts and even murders we see on TV desensitises us so that the very idea of repeating such acts becomes less unthinkable. Similarly, you no longer have to wait to get home to your TV in order to watch your show. (, – Is TV creating a sense of fear within the subconscious affecting growth and healing of the body? Watch the following clip and see if you can count how many passes the white team makes: In a hypnotic state, the information which you are exposed to will be downloaded directly to your subconscious mind where it will alter existing beliefs and form new beliefs without you even being aware of it. Your Unhappy Brain on Television TV: Short-term fun, long-term problem . ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. The research concluded that for subjects that require careful thought and analysis TV is virtually useless. A 2002 Turkish study determined that “television viewing time had a negative correlation with social and school achievement” and was linked to social problems and aggressive and delinquent behavior. Watching TV may be the most common recreational activity done by any of us. At best what you learn on TV is like learning in your sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to pretty much any health risk you can imagine, not to mention the fact that it turns you into an asshole. Watching TV is something which virtually everyone does. exhibits anti-social behavior), and finds it difficult to concentrate and learn at school. Television viewing can, for example, increase your risk of premature death, reduce your level of intelligence, completely obliterate your ability to concentrate, physically impair the growing child brain, and increase your risk of developing neurodegenerative brain disorders. Here are some of the ways that watching Netflix and TV for too long will affect your brain. Discussion in 'Conservative Christianity' started by Cris413, Feb 2, 2009. Below you will find listed some of the main ways that TV can affect your brain: Watching TV puts the viewer into a highly suggestible sleep-like hypnotic state. It turns out that comedies have brain-boosting value. It doesn’t ‘rot’ your brain, as such, but studies suggest there is a definite negative effect. Your eyes and brain can’t see this, but they can sure as hell feel it. Find out in part two of our ongoing series on tech and your child's brain. These themes are commonly used in advertising campaigns to make you think that you need a particular product. I hope you have learned from the examples discussed above the effects of watching TV on the brain. Let us group Netflix and TV into the same category which provides entertainment in a similar form. Hours of watching “ Jerry Springer ” and “ Maury ”—two examples of my favorite, classically trashy TV—isn’t good for you.