Every home has at least one. In some homes, there is one in every room – even above the bath. But TVs aren’t all good…
- Low-frequency emissions
Ever heard of the US patent 6506148? TV and computer screens are made to emit weak low-frequency electronic emissions which can affect the human nervous system which controls brain pulses containing memories and intelligence, amongst other functions.
- Subliminal messages
Subliminal messages can affect everything about people, from their behaviour to their thought processes and everything in-between. Almost everyone has at least one mind controlling device in their home.
- Not so subliminal messages
TVs share less subliminal messages too. Do you ever see a takeaway advert and suddenly crave a kebab? You reach for your phone and decide you deserve a treat, despite the fact that you have a fridge full of food and rent to pay. This isn’t just you giving into temptation, this is technically a form of mind control and adverts are used to push things to people that they don’t even need.
A big part of the way adverts ‘speak’ to us is via the actors in the scenes. They look like the kebab they’re eating is the best thing they’ve ever tasted and it makes you feel like you’re missing out on something. Other people are having a takeaway for tea so why shouldn’t you?!
- People were originally forced to own them
On May 6, 1960, over 20 million viewers tuned in to watch Princess Margaret marry the soon-to-be Earl of Snowdon, Anthony Armstrong-Jones. But they didn’t all want to watch it. Families were told they had to have own TV in time for the upcoming royal wedding.
- They make our children numb to the world
While some people see it as a positive to be numb to the horrors in the world, no child should have to hear about (or even see) death and destruction on the news.
- They increase anxiety and behavioural issues
Various research campaigns have found that younger people who view violent acts on the news or in TV programs are more likely to develop anxiety, due to a fear that the world is scary and that something bad could happen to them. Younger viewers are also more likely to show signs of aggressive behaviour.
Kids are like sponges and experts claim that they internalise cues from what they watch on TV and in video games. “The relationship between violent media use and aggression and desensitization to violence is as strong as or stronger than the relationship between smoking and lung cancer,” says Hill, author of ‘Dad to Dad: Parenting Like A Pro’. Of course, kids are affected differently but exposure to violence makes kids more likely to accept it as a part of life.
- They cause weight issues
Various research campaigns have found that children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV and movies are more likely to be overweight.
While some people iron, clean or work out whilst watching television, other people will turn into couch potatoes. When you’re fully concentrating on a program or movie, it can be hard to draw your eyes away, even if it’s to make a drink or use the toilet.
And the food itself! Watching programs, movies and adverts with people snacking, ordering takeaways and drinking alcohol can consciously and subconsciously encourage watchers to take a look in the cupboard. This can also increase your risk of diabetes…
- Children & teens copy behaviour seen on TV
Many TV programs and movies are full of alcohol, smoking, drugs and sex, giving younger viewers the idea that it’s fun, cool and exciting to copy them.
- It could stunt childrens’ development
Most children are introduced to TV and tablets at an early age, but it isn’t great to distract them with a screen. It can slow their concentration development and even stunt their first words.
“Television exposure before age 2 is strongly correlated with decreased language development,” says David L. Hill, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. “We continue to advise parents not to have the television on or use television [and] movies routinely to entertain children under age 2.”
- People waste soo much time
Watching actors and actresses living their characters ‘lives’ is a common past-time, but have you ever thought about how much of a waste of time it is? You could be socialising with real people and having engaging, thought-provoking conversations, tidying your home, getting fresh air and exercise… You get the gist.
- It can damage your relationships
The more you believe in the unrealistic portrayals of romance on TV, the more faults you might find in your own relationships. Too many expectations means nothing – and no one – is ever good enough.
- It’s isolating
Have you ever been late for a night out because you were finishing a movie? Or even entirely missed a night out because you wanted to finish binge-watching a program? Watching TV causes antisocial behaviour and causes people to lose track of time when they could be doing more productive things.
- TV has caused water shortages
Back before we could record programs and skip through the adverts (and the days of streaming services), we all had to watch the adverts. We’d run to the toilet in the 3 minute break or put the kettle on to make sure we made it back in time to watch the rest of the program. Popular programs caused issues such as water shortages, because of all the toilets being flushed simultaneously during the break. One example of this was during a 1969 TV screening of the British royal family’s life and over 30 million people in England tuned in to watch.
- People have been arrested for not having a license
People are punished for not paying for a TV license with fines and even imprisonment. As long as you have a television in your home, the BBC considers you to be liable to pay – whether you watch live channels or not.
Licensing employees will turn up at your house at all hours of the day and regularly send letters, making many people feel harassed and even anxious. The so-called ‘TV tax’ is basically a punishment for owning a TV, because even if you contact them to let them know you don’t watch live channels, they come round to check that you’re telling the truth and will impose further fines if you happen to have a TV cable in your home, regardless of whether it’s plugged into the screen.
- It can affect your sleep
Glued to the TV or can’t stop binge-watching something on your laptop or tablet? You lose track and before you know it, it’s 3 a.m. and you have to be up for work in 4 hours. Many studies have also proven that the bright light within screens makes it harder to unwind, after you do switch off the device.
- It can affect your sperm
A Harvard study found that men who watched 20+ hours of television per week had a 44% lower sperm count than guys who didn’t watch TV. The lack of activity when stuck to the screen was associated with the lower sperm counts. Other research projects have linked prolonged screen time with an increased risk of heart disease, which, for men, can cause higher rates of impotence.