An article in Scientific American suggests that many Americans have
become addicted to television. According to the report, 40 percent of
adults, 70 percent of children surveyed say they're watching more TV than
they want to.
Researcher say as soon as you start watching TV, you get a relaxation response, also may feel more passive and have less energy. People who watch a lot of television report feeling bored and lonely and don't know what to do with themselves in unstructured situations. Like drugs, television can provide a positive reinforcement while you're watching it, but that feeling does not last when you're through.
How can you tell if you're addicted to TV? Researchers say to ask yourself if you are watching more than you want to. Also, ask yourself if you are watching TV at the expense of doing something more productive or more healthful, such as spending time with family and friends, exercising or reading.