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2. Binge-watching may increase your risk for diabetes
Research on people at higher risk for developing diabetes found that for each hour spent watching TV per day, the risk of developing the disease increased 3.4 percent. Rather than focusing on what participants watched, Andrea Kriska, an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh and senior author of the research published in April in the journal Diabetologia, says TV watching was tracked as an indicator of time people spent sitting. Lead author Bonny Rockette-Wagner says other research seems to indicate that we move even less while watching TV compared with other sedentary activities, like sitting at work.
3. It may be bad for baby-making
Although there’s evidence that watching TV, including in the bedroom, could increase amorousness, a Harvard study found that men who watched more than 20 hours of television per week had 44 percent fewer sperm than guys who didn’t watch TV. Increased activity, by comparison, was associated with higher sperm counts. Previous research also associates prolonged TV viewing with increased risk of heart disease, which, for men, is also associated with higher rates of impotence. As well as ditching the TV, people with impotence could try a water penis pump as an alternative to taking pills. However, if you are suffering from impotence, make sure you speak to a doctor as soon as possible, in case there is something more sinister at play.
4. It could damage your relationships
The more you believe in popular portrayals of romance on television, the less committed you may be to your real relationship, according to research published several years ago in the journal Mass Communication and Society. That ranges from unrealistic expectations of a spouse to seeing the “costs” of real relationships – such as the loss of time or freedom – as being higher, which could undermine what’s happening between the two of you in real life.
5. It could stunt a child’s first words
At an early age, Americans start tuning in to TV – and now other media, as kids play with smartphones. But while a FaceTime session with a family member might be OK, for the littlest among us, television can be bad news. “Television exposure before age 2 is strongly correlated with decreased language development,” says David L. Hill, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. “We continue to advise parents not to have the television on or use television [and] movies routinely to entertain children under age 2.”