Ok all you television watchers out there.Ai?? This is a short article you really need to read, even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself an addict.

It has to do with Alpha waves in the human brain, which are commonly associated with relaxed meditative states.Ai?? Watching television can immediately send you into this state, and while at first it sounds like a good thing, it isn’t.Ai?? True, while achieving Alpha waves as a result of prayer and meditation can be beneficial (they promote relaxation and insight), ), or when one can beneficially concentrate on (or solve) a complex issue (like Einstein once demonstrated), too much time spent here caused by TV can cause “unfocussed daydreaming and inability to concentrate.Ai?? Researchers have said that watching television is similar to staring at a blank wall for several hours.”

This isn’t anything new.Ai?? In fact, it was discovered back in 1969 in an experiment conducted by Herbert Krugman when he monitored a person through various trials.Ai?? Shockingly, Krugman found that in less than one minute of television viewing, the individual’s brainwaves switched from Beta waves (brainwaves associated with active, logical thought) to primarily Alpha waves.Ai?? Then, “when the subject stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the brainwaves reverted to Beta waves.” Further research over the years involving others has repeatedly confirmed that watching television produces brainwaves in the low Alpha range (near Theta).

Advertisers aren’t stupid, and are privy to this information. “There is no need for an advertiser to use subliminal messages. The brain is already in a receptive state, ready to absorb suggestions, within just a few seconds of the television being turned on.Ai?? All advertisers have to do is flash a brand across the screen, and then attempt to make the viewer associate the product with something positive.”

Now let’s look through the Brain Typing lens for a moment.Ai?? In a country largely dominated by Front-Right brainers, who are the most innately prone to ADD and ADHD, more time spent in the unproductive “Alpha Zone” is not a good thing.Ai?? People with ADD or ADHD “tend to have too much Alpha, Theta, and Delta wave activity and, therefore, would benefit significantly from a reduction in TV.” Too much TV can affect anyone, of course, but especially those who already have an overabundance of poor Alpha waves.

Yet, what it can do to your child should be most alarming.Ai?? Believe it or not, the average amount of time an American child spends watching television and playing video games is 4.26 hours a day!Ai?? A scary statistic indeed.Ai?? One Iowa State University study found that students who stare at a screen for only two hours a day are twice as likely to be diagnosed with attention problems.Ai?? Another New Zealand study found that “more hours of television viewed as a toddler led to a higher probability of dropping out of school later in life.” Study after study could be cited.Ai?? In short, TV is killing our kids.

So in the end, is it really worth it, especially for your child?Ai?? While we are not necessarily advocating complete abstention, most of us can cut down on our time spent in front of the tube significantly.Ai?? Perhaps you might want to make this a new goal and high priority for you and your family.

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