A Link Between TV and Memory Loss
Will watching too much television turn you into a video-it?
An article in The Week Magazine states that watching television for more than 3 ½ hours a day could exacerbate memory loss in older people. Based upon a study in England, adults 50 and over who were first tested in 2008-09 and again in 2014-15, who watched more than 3 ½ hours of TV per day suffered an 8 to 10 percent decrease in memory. Those who watched less than that had a 4 to 5 percent decline.
The researchers believe that the increased decline may be the result of viewing choices. Older people tend to like watching more soap operas, which can be stressful because they identify closely with the characters.
Another possible factor is that people who watch a lot of TV are likely to spend less time on activities that help preserve mental function, such as reading and doing crosswords.
This is food for thought for those of us who are gracefully greying.
About the Author
Henry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.
He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.
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