Too Much TV Viewing In Young Adulthood Can Harm Brain In Middle Age

Posted: Dec 3 2015, 4:59am CST | by , Updated: Dec 3 2015, 7:08pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Too Much TV Viewing in Young Adulthood Affects Brain in Middle Age
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  • Too Much TV Viewing in Young Adulthood linked to Cognitive Decline in Middle Age

It has been found that too much TV viewing in young adulthood is linked to cognitive decline in middle age.

This is a fair warning to those television addicts who cannot get enough boob tube time in their 20s. They might be subject to forgetfulness and other symptoms of brain fog in their 40s and 50s.

The viewing marathons that so many partake in on a regular basis while they are still young may be something for which they will have to pay for later on. All lovers of the idiot box ought to be more careful regarding keeping their eyes glued to the screen on a permanent basis.

Psychiatrists have found that this sort of binge-watching in one’s prime years when combined with sedentary habits often causes cognitive decline in one’s later years. About 3247 people in their teens and young adult years were studied.

They were given questionnaires to fill out. Then they were rechecked at 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years to see how their mental health suffered or improved. The large group of individuals was evenly divided into males and females.

It has been consistently found that sitting in one place for too long can be very harmful not only for the body but for the brain as well. A couch potato stands to gain nothing but pain and anxiety in his or her later years.

This is a fate that one ought to avoid at all costs since ending up as an invalid is not something that lends a very rosy view to life. Some of the so-called diseases of civilization are just due to too much time doing nothing but vegetating instead of leading an active lifestyle.

Processing speed and executive function are both affected by this bad habit of staying put before the TV screen during an age when one should be out exploring the world. Making heads or tails out of everything is what processing speed is about.

Meanwhile, executive function involved time management and resource allocation. An individual with issues in this department might lose his keys at every turn and have trouble making his way out the door each morning.

All factors were moderated and controlled in the study. The poor results at performing cognitive tasks later in life were strongly tied to the mistakes of omission made when young.

One should live life to the hilt as far as one’s physicality allows in one’s prime. To get stuck in the rut of a domesticated person that just sits all day doing nothing productive is a fate worse than death.

This study got published in the Jama Psychiatry.

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