Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy UofA
Member of the ACA College of Supervisors
Level 3 Member Australian Counselling Association
Once confined to the living room the television has now taken up residence in many other rooms of the house. It is not uncommon for both adults and children in the household to have their own television in their bedrooms.
There are many arguments for such a move, such as cutting out arguments over television viewing, and providing the opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself.
With any situation there is positive and negative aspects so what are some of the negative consequences of having your television in the bedroom?
1. There are studies which suggest that too much television viewing interrupts your sleep cycles.
2. How you spend the last moments before sleep are important. Is watching a horror movie or the late night news the kindest thing you can do for your mind before you go to sleep?
3. Our lives are extremely busy and there is little opportunity for regrouping and reflection; the time spent staring at the television could be used for reflection or even meditation.
4. The opportunity for uninterrupted and intimate conversation is lost if you are both staring at re-runs of M.A.S.H.
5. Studies show that couples without television in the bedroom not only have sex more often, the sex is better. It is amazing what can be achieved when you give something your undivided attention!
6. No television gives you one less thing to dust.
7. It is suggested that the best use for your bedroom is sex or sleep.
8. With no television you will be able to read more good books.
9. Increased electricity costs because of extra viewing or because you regularly fall asleep with the television on.
10. One less television is one less expense, and one less item heading for land fill.
11. There are schools of thought which think excessive exposure to electromagnetic radiation is not good for the developing brain (children) or the adult brain.
As with everything in life it is important to make your decisions with all the facts at hand. You might decide that the television is an essential piece of furniture in your bedroom. It is possible to do so with some limits around usage, and having conversations before you turn it on. Alternatively you might decide that it is not an essential piece of decor.
No TV - seems like the best scenario, though it may sound very extreme these days. Most certainly my vote is for 1 TV unit and only in the living room.
Encourage yourself and children (your own or visitors) to indulge more in reading or group activities, indoor or outdoor, for safe or healthy entertainment.
Bedroom is only for relaxing, sleeping not for audio-visual entertainment of any kind. Also, people should avoid taking their mobile phones, tablets to the bed - this definitely has an adverse impact on sleep patterns and will affect a person's health, EQ, energy levels in the long run. We can already observe that in some voluntary insomniacs.
Remember, this is also related kids in the home. Availability of a television or gadgets affect their life routines which may have an adverse impact so great in their learning years that the consequences continue in to their adult lives.
Kids learn from you. So you should live your life in such a way as to teach them good healthy habits and the correct values in life.
Kids these days have super capabilities because of exposure to gadgets far superior than the ones we handled at their age. So, you need to limit your use of audio-visual devices for entertainment and make their use more time-bound to ensure they have the time and energy for other mental and physical development, essential in growing years.
This way, you pave the way for a healthy family and an all-round development for your children.