A startling exposé of Britain's growing addiction to television and why and what should be done to stop it, the author looks at the statistics that show television has become an obsession even more influential than parents inside the household. In this insightful and shockingly perceptive assessment of the relationship with the small screen, the author reveals the alarming reality of what television is actually doing physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. He provides evidence as to how television contributes to the rising global obesity rate by actually slowing our metabolic rate, stunts children’s brain development, and is responsible for over half of all rapes and murders in the industrialized world.
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Very good book. Hopefully, what "Supersize Me" said to Americans regarding our unquestioning consumption of junk food, this book will speak to regarding our unquestioning adoption of TV and other new media.
So-called media experts have been constantly rewarded for trumpeting the latest in devices and the "gains" they bring. But they overlook the cumulative effect each new device brings. More alarmingly, the author points out negative effects showing up in our children's behavior that can be traced to TV. Causal relationships are starting to appear linking TV/games and ADD/ADHD, depression, cognitive development, and more. This issue alone should be cause for alarm. Experienced educators have long been able to pick between their students who are TV-saturated and those who aren't.
As Dr. Sigman points out, the next generation of technological elite will not be the children we see hyperfocusing on the latest celphones, PDAs, or video games. It will be the children...
Sigman answers those who say: "I grew up with TV and it's done me no harm" by showing that TV today is very different to the TV we grew up with. The techniques used to grab and hold viewers' attention, as they must in this very competitive arena, are very different today and can be harmful to a child's developing brain. The problem is not merely the content, or the fact that it engenders a sedentary lifestyle. He explains that when watching TV the brain's frontal lobes go into idle, which is very relaxing for an adult, and what makes TV so addictive. However, it reduces the time a child's developing brain has for using and strengthing these important links in that area of the brain which has to do with attention span and impulse control.
I recently ran across Dr. Aric Sigman's book, Remotely Controlled: How Television Is Damaging Our Lives. I picked up a copy from Amazon and started reading. I was blown away! I found Dr. Sigman's book to be one of the best-researched and most-compelling books I've ever read!
Dr. Sigman exposes in detail the many dangers that television presents to human beings, not just to society in general, but also to individuals' health and well-being. He points to links between television and ADHD, depression, violence, apathy, obesity, sexual dysfunction, and many other woes. Dr. Sigman also explains how television stunts brain development and destroys cultural identity. And the adverse effects are not just from harmful programming either. Some of the damage actually comes from the medium itself (so there is no such thing as 'safe programming').
After reading Dr. Sigman's book, I cut television completely out of my daily life, and I radically curtailed the viewing habits of...
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