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Every Hour of TV Viewing Reduces Lifespan

Posted on 2012.11.08 at 23:41
Every hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduced the viewer’s life expectancy by nearly 22 minutes, researchers in Australia found.

Study leader Dr. J. Lennert Veerman, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, and colleagues used 2008 data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, a survey of the health habits of some 12,000 Australian adults.

The study participants were asked questions about general health, disease status, exercise regimens, smoking and diet.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/11/06/Every-hour-of-TV-viewing-reduces-lifespan/UPI-47421352203872/

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midnight21
midnight21 at 2012-11-09 09:46 (UTC) (Lien)
really? what about computers? I spend a lot of time in front of one so I reckon that my life is probably cut in half... and not to mention, i suffer from depression and other conditions that might shorten my life as well.

but on the flip side, I try to take care of myself. i don't smoke. i rarely drink if nothing at all for months on end. i try to eat healthy despite my cravings.

either way, I won't be afraid when my time comes... I'm almost looking forward to resting in peace until I get a new body again if I'm lucky enough to make it into heaven... a life without pain, disabilities, or flaws... i wonder what it's like.

Edited at 2012-11-09 09:47 (UTC)
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2012-11-09 18:47 (UTC) (Lien)
Well, I don't know - I would like to know for sure about computers, but no solid studies have been released. (Same: Studies showing that cellphones are bad for health have been suppressed by the cellphone industry).

I don't know if the computer screen is damaging, like the TV screen! But I will list some things I DO know:

1- Studies showing that TV can increase Alzheimers did not show clearly that it was lack of inactivity, junkfood, being low-income, etc., or watching the TV, that was the "cause". However, it SEEMS to be the actual watching.

2- Studies have not shown clearly if it is the TV screen, or the actual watching, that is to blame. There is strong evidence that it is the actual watching, because this changes brain waves and decreases metabolism, (adding to body fat). Why? Because watching TV is not creative or associational, it is passive and consumptive.

3- Viewing light late at night, or interrupting your body's light-clock, can cause poor sleep and so cell regeneration, and increase stress. Late night TV watching, I am sure, must have been shown to agitate insomnia.

4- The high-speed flicker of an old fashioned TV screen may be similar to #3.

5- Old fashioned TV and computer screens, which emit electron/ions directly at the retina/brain, may be assumed to increase the likelihood of cancer by a tiny degree at least.

6- Children raised w/ too much TV (etc.?) MAY develop ADHD, aggressive, and even diabetic symptoms.

7- Old fashioned TV which showed a certain frequency of flickering have provoked epileptic seizures in predisposed children.

8- Watching or experiencing any kind of violence increases the chance of children becoming more violent. Sexual content is mainly not damaging in this way, especially if the children have strong parent figures, unless it also involves violence or power/control issues.

9- People who watch a lot of TV are more likely to be low-income, eat bad food, and be more predisposed to life stresses and/or depression. This does not mean TV causes these thing. These things can "cause" more TV watching. However, TV can DEPRESS metabolism, and MIGHT lead to depression - studies are not conclusive - but probably.

Can you tell my major was psychology?

10-Computers can actually change the brain. But some of these changes can be "good," because using computers can involve creative, associational and exploratory thinking. I recommend using computers for these reasons. On the other hand, quick results via computers can change the brain to make people expect instant answers in reality...

11-Modern TV and computer screens have a much higher flicker rate than old-fashioned TV screens. How this affects the brain, circadian rythm or health is not known, other than what has been said above.

12-Some studies have suggesting that high-frequency WiFi radio waves can damage health, like cellphones, do exist. This is one reason why some people are opposed to WiFi "smart meters" being installed in their homes.

13-I experienced health problems increasing when I say in bed with my laptop on my body. I had a book containing a sheet of tin foil - and this did the opposite of what I wanted it to do: It INCREASED the computers radio waves over my groin. When I changed that, things very slowly improved.

CONCLUSION: Other than high-frequency (G-hertz) radio waves from WiFi and modern computer (and TV) screens, and light disrupting the body clock, there is probably much less damage when we view computers than when we view TV of any sort. However, computers do take time away from real life and exercise, and so should be used wisely.

TBC -
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2012-11-09 18:48 (UTC) (Lien)
.........

The answer to your question(s) is not certain, but I hope I have helped. Thank you for raising this issue, and allowing me to discuss them a little in-depth.

I don't think your life will be cut in half by using a computer.

;)

- especially, since you take care of yourself in other ways! That's one of the great things about you, in my book.

Your time will come when it comes, and will bring you to a different place. But I think your time now is meant to be now, so please use it well.

I despair over my crushing CFS. I usually can't even do things which you can do. But, I have good days. I have days free of the idiocy of society. I have days where I don't have to think about my great losses or my pain, etc. There are days when I get a little accomplished here or there, or when I still bother to dream of a better life. And there are days, like today, when I think perhaps things are changing for the better. So, in my opinion, there are lots of things to appreciate while alive, including LJ!
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