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They Call It TV Programming

Watching too much television is bad for your health, not to mention wasting potentially years of your life. When one watches television, brain activity switches from the left to the right brain. Experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman showed that while watching television the right brain is twice as active as the left. This process releases a surge of the body’s natural opiates or endorphins, which are akin to opium and its derivatives of morphine, codeine, and heroin. Activities that release endorphins are usually habit-forming or addicting. Studies show that with even limited watching of television or when people stop for a period of time there is a withdrawal process or negative neurological reaction, such as depression. Yes, depression!

Yet, so many people excessively watch television programs and many parents put their children in front of the TV to entertain them, not knowing that their perceptions of reality, fact, and fiction are being conditioned. In one study, researchers looked at the TV viewing habits of more than 3,200 people,who were twenty-five years old on average at the start of the study. They watched at least three hours more TV each day than their study counterparts who watched little TV. Over the following twenty-five years, researchers found that the TV watchers were more likely to perform poorly on certain cognitive tests than others in the study. The other group was more likely to spend time outdoors and engaging in physical activity, which proved better for brain health. The findings indicated that watching TV slows down brain activity, and can make people less capable in cognitive ability--meaning less able to think for themselves.

The conclusion from all of this is that the less TV one watches the better, as this can optimize cognitive ability, making us less susceptible to mind programming and conditioning, and help contribute to better overall health. Less TV watching gives us more time to do things that benefit expanding our knowledge and consciousness, more time to help ourselves and our health, and to spend time with others, including our family. I don’t think anyone would argue that watching TV does result in programming the mind to think a certain way. If it didn’t, businesses would not advertise. I’m not going to tell you to stop watching television, but maybe consider how much and what you are watching and how much you are being influenced to believe something as true that may actually be a lie.


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