We live in an era where social media runs throughout the world. From home to home, city to city,  village to village, country to country. Basically connecting the whole world. In the meantime, it has made us all hooked to our electronic gadgets so much. We see people of every age using these gadgets and spending a lot of time on these things. Children are hooked to tv screens as well as adults and old age people as well. On the contrary, this is affecting us in good as well as bad ways. One should always be aware of the pros and cons of everything.  As we know, excess of anything is bad. 

Tv screen and the role it plays

Tv plays the following roles:

-Entertainment

-Communication

-Information

-Education

-Advertising

Tv and its effects

Other than providing information and knowledge tv takes a lot of things from us. Excessing TV makes us physically less active and makes us lazy. According to research studies, watching a lot of TVs is causing a cognitive deficit. It is noticed that too much watching tv can affect your brain health too.

The link between tv time and health

In a large long study of UK BIOBank, people who watch tv for more than 2 hours and people who watch tv for less than 2 hours were recruited. It was seen that people with more tv timing have more risk of getting health problems. According to US research, if you binge-watch television for more than 3 hours you are prone to develop memory decline and cognitive deficit.

Effect of tv on babies

 According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of two should not watch television. These are the things that can occur if your baby is watching tv during the early period of his life:

-Hampers brain development

-Loose chances of social interaction

-Unable to speak

-Damage to cognitive skills

-Misguiding programs

Healthy habits of watching tv

Here we are going to discuss how much screen time is recommended by professionals according to each age group. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that:

-Babies and toddlers up to 18 months should have no screen time at all.

-Toddlers from 18 months to 24 months should have some screen time with parents or a caregiver.

-Preschoolers, no more than one hour.

-Kids and teens up to 15 to 18 years should have limited screen time under the supervision of parents or caregivers.

TV screen timing for adults and mid-age people should also be not more than 3 or 3.5 hours as recommended.

Alternatives to watching tv

We can try to engage kids in other physical activities like playing, coloring, puzzles, etc,  rather than showing them more cartoons and stuff. Also, people of mid-age can engage themselves in other activities like reading, walking, jogging, playing piano, painting, etc. rather than making themselves limited to electronic screens.

Summary

Binge-watching television programs could lead to cognitive decline. According to data from more than 3,000 adults in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, the study authors found that adults ages 50 or older who watched more than 3.5 hours of TV each day were more likely to experience declines in language and memory over the course of the next six years. So it is better to limit your screen time and engage yourself in healthy activities.