Posted October 10, 2018 07:29:47 The television is a wonderful tool for people of all ages to keep track of what’s going on around them, but it can also be a bad influence.
While TV has a reputation for being an overactive tool, research has found that it’s not always a bad thing.
A recent study found that a TV in the family room can actually increase the likelihood that people will be less likely to report having an anxiety disorder in the future.
“A TV in your living room, with people around it, can actually have a negative effect on how people feel about themselves,” said Dr. Michelle Nettles, a social worker at the University of Washington and lead author of the study.
“It’s like an emotional trigger.”
Nettle is a social work and communication therapist.
She and her colleagues, who were based in Los Angeles, wanted to know whether the TV could have any influence on how anxious people feel when they have a stressful event.
What they found is that the more television there is, the more likely it is that anxious people will feel that they’re being watched.
That could have a lot of negative effects on them, said Nettas research co-author, Dr. Daniel Lassiter.
“This study showed that having a television in the home is linked to increased anxiety and anxiety disorders,” Lassit said.
What the research shows Nettlee and her team wanted to find out if there was an association between having a TV and having an anxious personality.
To do that, they analyzed the data of 1,400 people over a period of 10 years.
The researchers then tracked their symptoms and how frequently they were having anxiety and other symptoms.
When they looked at the data, they found that having more TV time, whether or not the TV was set to “off,” increased the likelihood of anxiety and depression.
But Nettley said it’s possible that having an older TV could also increase anxiety and depressive symptoms, and this could explain why people who were more likely to experience anxiety have an older television.
So, how much TV do you have in your home?
In a recent study, Nettls and Lassiti found that the percentage of people who reported having more than 10 hours of television per day in their home increased from 11% to 18% between 2004 and 2010.
What about when it comes to kids?
The researchers also looked at how much time children spent watching TV in their homes.
They found that those who watched more TV per day had a 4.5 times greater risk of anxiety disorders in the 10-year study period compared to people who watched less TV.
The risk increased by 10.5 to 25.9% for children ages 0 to 4.
Nettlls and Lasit also found that kids who spent more than 6 hours per day on TV were at higher risk of developing anxiety disorders.
What can we do to combat anxiety?
There are several ways to combat this, said Lassito.
“One thing that we want to do is get parents to be more attentive to the quality of their TV, so that they don’t just keep on watching TV, and watching too much TV, because it’s a great way to get more anxiety,” Lasito said.
And Lassi said parents should also be concerned about the quality and quantity of TV they are watching.
“The more TV you watch, the less likely you are to have any anxiety,” he said.
“If you don’t get the right kind of exposure to it, the risk of having anxiety increases significantly.”
If you have any questions about the research, please contact Dr. Natti at [email protected].
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