Thursday, September 29

These are the risks of undergoing series marathons


The way in which we currently watch television has changed radically in recent decades, a change motivated above all by new technologies. Traditional television programming forced viewers to stick to schedules and made them wait days or weeks for their favorite shows or movies.

Now the wait is gone because entertainment platforms release full seasons and entire show series, without any time restrictions. Everything within reach at any time.

The access to thousands of different contents hand in hand with numerous platforms streaming has also introduced a new concept: binge-watching, or series marathons. A practice that is becoming more and more common and that we can do on the television or any other electronic device such as a laptop, a tablet or a mobile phone.

What is binge-watching

The terms binge-watching They refer to binge Y watch, and is used above all to refer to the action of watching television. This pattern of behavior became popular especially from 2013 and has become one of the most popular ways to spend free time, especially among the youngest. It is defined as watching between two and six episodes of a television program in a single sitting.

According to data of Barlovento Comunicación, during the year 2020 the consumption of linear television exceeds the data of 2019 and rose to five hours and 37 minutes per viewer per day. For children ages 4 to 12, the average came to three hours and 20 minutes a day. Watching TV continuously for a long period of time carries health risks if not done correctly.

Physical effects of binge watching

In addition to watching series in one go can become a problem of behavior and conducthealth experts warn that it also has secondary effects on physical health, as people tend to replace the time they used to spend exercising, socializing and even sleeping.

Because the half hours before, the ones we used to watch a series when it was played on television, have become half days, even more. This increase is also reflected in an increased risk of many serious health conditions. Some of the most common are:

  • loss of sleep quality: poor sleep quality, chronic fatigue or insomnia are some of the pathologies that people who do series marathons most often suffer from, according to a research published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
  • Promotes a sedentary lifestyle: A sedentary lifestyle is linked to health problems that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stroke, and weight gain. A study published in International Journal of Environmental Research provides a curious fact about sitting actively (in front of a computer, for example) or non-actively, such as watching television. This last modality would be related to 25% more body fat in younger adults.
  • Increases the risk of obesity: this risk is related to the previous one and is corroborated by a study according to which, for each additional hour of television, there is a 2% increase in the prevalence of obesity in children. Therefore, the more time we spend in front of the television, the less we are outside moving.
  • Back pain: sitting in a fixed position for a long period of time, watching consecutive episodes of our favorite series, can increase the risk of experiencing back problems. Poor posture when watching TV can put extra pressure on your back, neck, and spine, which can lead to chronic lower back pain or neck pain.
  • harms eye health: the negative effects on our eyes is one of the most obvious. If we spend a lot of time in front of the screen, we are likely to experience eyestrain and vision problems.
  • decreases respiratory function: the research have shown that respiratory function decreases among healthy young men who sit in a stooped position compared to healthy young men who sit with proper posture.
  • Increased risk of stroke: research Recent studies have shown that watching more than four hours of television a day can increase the risk of heart attack by 49% compared to those who watch less than two hours of television a day.

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