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Nov
21 2011

World Television Day

Syndicated from: Work Smart Live Smart Stress and Wellness Tips

 World Television Day - November 21   The United Nations declared November 21 as World Television Day in 1996 as part of its recognition that the television is used to educate many people about the world, and its issues. Television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication and information dissemination by alerting the world to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues. Viewers can watch a weather report to prepare for the day. Cartoons and sport provide relaxation and fun. Documentaries and the news teach us about the world. And advertisements inform us about products and new ideas.But what is the future of television?In 2006, 64% of Americans said that they considered the TV set to be a necessity. That was down to 42% in 2010.  Whereas, high-speed Internet jumped three percentage points, from 31% in 2009 to 34% in 2010.Can you imagine talking to your doctor while he examines your surgery scars over the screen on your television set.  This isn't the future, but the present.  Doctors in the UK are experimenting with this new technology and are finding surprising benefits.  By 2020 it is expected that 500 million homes will have the televisions connected to the Internet in a way that will allow this to happen all over the world.Television has been passive, where you would lean back and just take it all in.  Television content of the future will be on-demand and not just on our television sets.So how is this all related to stress and wellness?It is still about having a finite amount of time throughout the day and using that time wisely to accomplish or to take care.  Our television time is still discretionary time. The monthly average of 3 hours and 37 minutes of mobile viewing is a fraction of the 153 hours the typical U.S.user spends in front of a TV.  We will still need to ask if this is the best use of our time.Research on TV watching, multi-media and healthThe University of Pennsylvania found that many individuals who watch TV in the two hours preceding their bedtime stay awake past the point of feeling tired. For this reason, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that people not put televisions in their bedrooms.According to the University of Michigan Health System, excessive TV watching habits in children and adolescents interferes with sleep quality, and may lead to sleep problems. Adolescents who watch too much TV are also at risk for sleep problems into early adulthood.30% of all males who play video games regularly may be physiologically addicted to game playing. The more violent the game is, the more potentially addictive it is.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent study of children ages 8 to 18:Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours per day with entertainment media, or over 44 hours per week.Internet use for fun averages about 1 hour per day.Playing of video games averages 1 hour per day.By comparison, reading books, magazines, or newspapers averages only 45 minutes per day. Doing chores averages 30 minutes per day, and doing homework averages 50 minutes per day.U.S. homes average 3.6 CD players, 3.5 television sets, 3.3 radios, 3.9 DVD players, 2.1 video game consoles, and 1.5 computers. In fact, 25% of children are growing up in homes with five or more TV sets.Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute study showed that teenagers who spent a lot of time watching TV were more likely to have attention and learning problems “that persist, and interfere with their long-term educational achievement.”LimiTV recommends little-to-no TV viewing for children four-and-under and less than 10 hours per week (about 1 ½ hours per day) for children in grades K-12. These recommendations parallel similar guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics.According to an American Journal of Public Health study, an adult who watches three hours of TV a day is far more likely to be obese than an adult who watches less than one hour.Television is changing.  Content and delivery are changing.  But the question of how our time is spent will still persist into the future.  Our viewing time is not all bad.  Our viewing time can be used for relaxation and/or for learning.   But we should still be making active choices on how our time is being used, so that we don't find that our time has been sucked away and that the things we would have liked to have accomplished have been left undone.If you would like to find more strategies to help you deal with health, wellness and stress - please visit the resource section at http://www.worksmartlivesmart.com/pages/stress_resourcesIf you have some strategies to share - comment on this posting! 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