A new study published in the journal of JAMA Psychiatry proves TV binging and couch loafing can ruin your brain. Results were calculated after scientists closely monitored the evolution of study participants over a period of 25 years.
Television watching has always been contested, especially among teenagers and children. It has been stated that children, who spend too much time in front of the television sets will have fewer cognitive abilities than their more active friends. These hypotheses have now been verified and confirmed by researchers at the Northern California Institute within the University of California, San Francisco.
3,000 participants with ages between 18 and 30 were invited to take part in the 25-year long experiment. Their television watching preferences, physical activities and cognitive abilities have been regularly assessed every five years to determine participants’ evolution.
The study has revealed that the more time people spend in front of the TV, the less intelligent and healthy they are. The worst results were noticed among teenagers whose intense television watching activity was coupled with a very poor physical activity. These subjects registered the worse results during cognitive tests.
The most common health problems that these individual faced during adulthood have been: slower brain processing speed and slower executive functions. Surprisingly, television watching activities did not affect their verbal memory as respondents had the same scores at these tests.
There are many health problems that these individuals may confront with if they do not change their habits. TV binging and couch loafing can ruin your brain, according to scientists. They have used the findings of the current study to determine the mental diseases that these individuals could suffer from if they continue to watch too much TV and exercise too little.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are just two of the health issues that lazy teenagers could develop in their middle age. Not to mention the physical problems they could face as a result of the lack of physical activity.
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