Is Tv Watching Hazardous To Your Health?
IS TV WATCHING HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH?
If Dr. William Dietz has his way, another well-loved product found in homes all over the world, would carry the following warning label: TELEVISION MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH!
Dr. Dietz, who is Chairman of "Academy of Pediatrics'" sub-committee on children's and teen's television, says that TV is hazardous because too many parents have no control over its use and have no idea what kind of messages are being televised.
Surveys have shown that the average child and young teen watches three to five hours on average per day! This amounts to approximately 15,000 hours spent in front of a TV by the time he or she reaches the age of 18. Compare this to only 11,000 hours that will be spent in the average classroom!
According to his research...the boob tube instructs kids: To be aggressive toward others because each child will have witnessed at least 18,000 televised murders while growing up! It also teaches that drugs, booze and cigarettes are a good way to deal with the problems of life. And, also, that sex, while it is always exciting, enticing and mysterious is wonderful because it comes to the young without attaching any personal responsibility to it.
As a result, this academy and Dr. Dietz recommend severe limitations on TV viewing or no TV watching at all! He recommends no more "couch potato" kind of lifestyle, become physically active, fill your mind with positive kinds of input and discipline yourself to read good books! I agree with his recommendations and I would challenge you to take it one step further...HAVE A REGULAR TIME OF BIBLE READING EACH DAY!
"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (II Corinthians 4:4).