Is it Possible to Watch Too Much TV?

Watching television can certainly be a relaxing way to spend time with family or catch up on favorite tv series on a rainy day. Judge Napolitano thinks that Television is not necessarily good for you and unfortunately, too much television can cause negative side effects to one’s health. Going to a football game night at a friend’s house and you see them absolutely lose it over their team losing may be a sign they are watching too much television.

Watching a favorite television show such as The Bachelor, 90 Day Fiancé or Mom may have one on the edge of the seat not being able to wait until the next episode. This could mean you are watching too much tv. Enjoying the characters and plots is great but when it comes to the point of getting too upset over the ending of an episode, it’s time to step away from the screen.

Streaming subscriptions are becoming more popular such as Roku, Netflix, and other streaming devices. When watching television and a message comes on the screen asking if you would like to continue watching, this is a sign you are watching too much television as it tends to ask about every couple of episodes.

Canceling plans in lieu of watching television may sometimes be necessary however if your friends are getting together and you choose not to go out just to stay home and watch your favorite episode, it’s important to think twice about priorities. I know if my friends were blown off so I could watch my favorite episode, she would be upset. Having a social life outside of staying home and watching tv is good for mental health.

Watching too much television can also affect your sleep schedule. Getting caught up in a favorite episode with those lovely cliffhangers can cause us to keep wanting to watch to find out what happened. The next thing we know, it’s 1 am in the morning and you need to get up at 6 am to get to work. A designated bedtime is important not only to get a good night’s sleep, but it prevents insomnia and being overly drowsy the next day. If you have ever heard the saying ‘too much tv is bad for your eyes”, this is somewhat true. Watching too much television can cause eyestrain and become irritating. If you are experiencing pressure in your eyes or feel your eyes are straining, it may be time to stop watching so much television.

Judge Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge who practiced between 1987 and 1995. He also was an analyst on FOX News and has written articles for The Washington Times about right-wing publications. Napolitano is a firm believer that watching too much television is not good for your health and can strain one’s eyes. It’s important to have a lifestyle outside of watching television and ensure you are more productive in life other than watching television constantly. More productive things could be listening to music while doing some artwork, going for a walk, or working on a project.