Having a smart TV at home can be incredibly convenient for enjoying your favorite shows. With the right setup, you can elevate the simple TV into a streaming home entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Did you know that, on average, Americans watch 1 to 4 hours of TV every day? While this might seem like a lot, it is important to put things into perspective. If you are watching the news and an evening movie or show, this is likely to account for 2 to 3 hours of TV already. In other words, while 4 hours of TV a day sounds excessive at first, it may be a healthy combination of kid programs, news reports, and adult programs.
Additionally, it becomes crucial for families to realize that there are significant advantages to watching TV regularly within reason.
- De-stress after a long day
- Boost your serotonin (through laughing)
- Educate yourself with documentaries and streaming programs
- Spend a moment together with your family
However, there’s more to the TV than meets the eye. Your TV could be giving your health warnings that it’s time to seek medical assistance. In this blog post, we’ll discuss 3 health warnings your smart TV might be giving you.
The quickest and simplest way to figure out how healthy your hearing is is to watch TV. There are some clear signs that you may need to book an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test if you do any of the following:
You find yourself increasing the volume frequently. Bear in mind that many shows and programs will also have different volume bases. So, it isn’t a case of turning the volume up for a specific program. You want to pay attention to the average volume at which you watch TV.
Your loved ones or even your neighbors complain about the sound. You know the TV is too loud when it disturbs other people.
You add subtitles even when you are watching shows in your native language. You find it more convenient to read than to listen, or you can’t keep up with the conversation on screen just by listening.
When you work on screen all day, you may think that watching TV will cause further eye strain. In fact, watching TV could be beneficial for your distance eyesight. Besides, people more frequently take breaks from the TV by looking around the room, which helps their eyes adjust.
However, if you have eyesight problems, the TV is more likely to demonstrate it than your computer screen. Indeed, as you sit further away from the TV, you can rapidly notice blurred vision problems and issues with reading captions on screen.
Photophobia refers to extreme light sensitivity. It is something that you can miss when working on a computer, especially with dark mode settings. However, bright images on the TV or simply the TV light can help highlight the issue and contribute to making an appointment with your doctor.
How do you notice light sensitivity?
You develop headaches when you watch TV for too long.
You find it uncomfortable to watch shows that are too bright.
Hopefully, these few tips can encourage you to pay attention to your discomfort when watching TV. Looking after your health is important. So, it pays off to be attentive to what your body is trying to say!