TV Addiction and How to Deal with it5 min read

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Most people have got some kind of a bond with certain things, people or details in their lives; however, there are some people who are under the illusion of having a bond, yet it is more of an attachment than a bond! Moreover, an attachment can turn to be an addiction, which is much worse!

As a matter of fact, Santosh Kalwar sates that, “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”

The second type of addiction which we are going to highlight and cover in our article is TV addiction and how to stop it.

TV addiction

Television addiction is a proposed addiction model associated with maladaptive or compulsive behavior associated with watching television programming.

The most recent medical review on this model concluded that pathological television watching behavior may lead to a true behavioral addiction, but indicated that much more research on this topic is needed to demonstrate this.

The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases.

It also has parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which are also forms of compulsive behavior.

Methods to Stop TV Addiction

In research supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the scientists say that TV may be an addiction when ‘one may feel a subjective craving to view television a great deal to achieve a sense of satiation, become preoccupied with the idea of viewing television, not be able to predict how long one will watch TV (loss of control), and suffer negative life consequences as the result.’

They also say: there does appear to be a phenomenon of television addiction, at least for some people.

TV addicts are likely watch TV to satiate certain appetitive motives, demonstrate preoccupation with TV, report lacking control over their TV viewing, and experience various role, social, or even secondary physical (sedentary lifestyle) consequences due to their out of control viewing.’

As a result, have you ever wished you had more time in the day?

We spend an average of 2.8 hours per day watching TV and it is the most popular thing to do with our spare time.

However, aren’t we able to beat it?

Yes, of course! Breaking addiction is harder than breaking a habit, so here we have some ways with which we can break TV addiction


  • Pick just one or two favorite shows to watch

That is very helpful since it provides more time to do other activities.

Furthermore, since you have chosen the shows, you know that they are of great value as well as precious entertainment.

You would also be more connected with real life; people and things

  • Find a healthy substitute

You can replace TV with other stuff like involving your family in a game night, an evening walk, a game of badminton, or anything that brings all of you together and brings happiness to your hearts.

Because when you watch TV, you rarely interact with each other, so that is isolating even while you are together.

  • Monitor and track how much time you waste on TV

“You cannot manage or improve something until you measure it”.

Likewise, you can’t make the most of who you are – your talents and resources and capabilities – until you are aware of and accountable for your actions.”

Darren Hardy. Therefore, setting a timer is one of the most beneficial tools you can use in order to keep more time for other things.

  • Rearrange the furniture

Designing furniture in a way which makes the television become not the focal point of the room, but an afterthought that requires twisting around or rearranging the furniture to view.

Others things in the room would be taking the charm, so it urges you to relax and have a tendency to be interested in doing other activities; for example, you might like to read a book or listen to some classic music etc.

It is what’s called, “Atmosphere effects.”

  • Involve your friends, relatives, and roommates for support

Tell people you love that you want to break your TV addiction.

Ask them to watch it less often so that you would be less accustomed to it.

Text reminders might be of great help or they can call you when you tell them that you need help putting down the remote.

  • Set a rule that you can’t watch TV if the sun is shining

Instead, you have to go for a walk, ride a bike, or get some other kind of healthy physical activity for at least an hour before you can turn on the tube.

This rule also works great for your kids or grandkids.

  • Make a TV-watching plan each week

Use the viewing guide in order to pick out the shows, which you are only interested in, that you want to watch each week.

Plus, watch only those shows, and when you get done with them, turn the TV off.

  • Set a rule that you must read 30 pages

Whether it is a book, a novel or a magazine, it does not matter.

The important thing is to get used to reading because it would enrich and expand your imagination much more than TV shows.

Do that before you can turn on the TV.

Moreover, depending on how fast you read, you may never watch TV again! Books will be your TV!

  • Get outdoors every night

Make it a point to leave your home or apartment at least once after dinner, if only for a short walk around the block.

Go to parties, educational and cultural events or just do some sport like basketball, or maybe you can go on a trip at the weekend.

All in all,

Gretchin Rubin once said, “Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.”

To sum up, television is not going to be a cure of life’s problems; ups and downs. It is you who decides which direction to heed in!

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