U So far, claims that television makes people stupid have only been supported by anecdotal evidence. At some point, it seems that people who watch large amounts of TV become so intellectually disabled that they unwittingly start clapping to themed tunes like imprisoned sea lions playing for fish, but it's not something you could write a paper doctor on.
Now unfortunately science has moved to support it. According to Dr. Ryan Dougherty, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, the more you watch TV atmature age, the lower your gray matter volume. Examining the viewing habits of 599 American adults between 1990 and 2011, Dougherty found that those who watched above average television had reduced volume in their frontal cortex and entorhinal cortex. Basically your mom was right: TV really rots your brain.
For To make matters worse, Dougherty goes out of his way to suggest other sedentary activities that are better for your brain. Horribly, these include board games. Which begs the question: would you rather lower your IQ by looking at the cultural art form that defines the 21st century, or stay smart forever by joyfully pushing counters around a backgammon board?
Listen, I admit that this study caused a moment of concern in me. I 'I've been writing on TV for 12 years now, and I've probably watched a lot more than the average viewer. Did I do this at the cost of my intellect? I spent a full day last week watching the entire new season of The Morning Show. Is that why I forgot my car inspection date this morning? I have watched Lost, throughout, three times in my life. Most people bailed out after two sets. Is that why they can remember their Internet banking password and I can't?
But you know what? I think we are doing fine. Because, if I'm not mistaken, I don't think the study made any distinction on the type of television guinea pigs watched, and I suspect that is a big variable. If people, for example, watched four hours of senseless and brilliant disturbance shows each day, they would of course lose their brain function. thisIt's like being spoon-fed with ice cream every day and then realizing that you can't tuck into your pants anymore.
We are different though. I'm assuming behavior based on you reading an article in the television section of a broadsheet, but I suspect you're like me. You only look at the good stuff. You like television that challenges you, that makes you question things, that makes you search for meaning. You still spend, 14 years after the fact, a lot of time wondering if David Chase 's editing decisions in Made in America contained a hidden meaning about Tony Soprano's fate. You agonize over the motivation of the character choices in The Thread . You are so used to overthinking television that you have recently come up with a great unified theory on the logistics of maintaining life. Order on Paw Patrol. For you, television is not a passive activity. It is an obsession. Your brain does not rot; it is glowing with theories, questions and excitement.
I have to believe it. We all do. The moment we give in and let ourselves believe that our dedication to television interferes with our ability to think, we admit defeat. We let's admit these smug people who brag about not owning a tv really are as superior as they think they are. well i don't have brains intact or not these people still missing immense moments of cultural unity The savagery of succession The slow emotional destruction of Easttown Mare . Target's quick social commentary The White Lotus . This is an important thing , and I refuse to give it up because some classy doctor says the shiny box hurts your brain.
That said, I probably have need a contingency of some sort. So please tell my kids that I love them. Strictly Come Dancing is starting soon, and I doubt I will be able to remember their names afterwards.