Media Fast Day Five – Googled “Effects of TV on the Brain”

Day five of my fourteen day media fast where I don’t watch TV, listen to music, watch movies, stalk people on social media, or listen to the news.

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This is our second day at the beach on a “workacation”.  We dubbed this term since just calling this a vacation brings different thoughts to everyone’s minds.  Rini and I traveled to the beach to regroup, replan, and refocus while working in a different setting.  Day two here and needless to say I am missing the mind numbing effects of television and music right about now.   But that’s not the point of today’s post.

What I want to say is there is only so much information I can hold in my mind. At this point in my life,  I technically have started three small businesses.  I guess I love to challenge myself and learn new things, but with the steep learning curve of many of my projects I have little processing room in my brain left.  Plus, if you account for all the completely useless information I can’t help but remember, I am completely tapped out!

Mental exhaustion is a problem I suffer from often, but I am surprised that it has lessened significantly since cutting out TV, music, and media.  I mean, don’t get me wrong I am still stuck in front of a screen for hours, but it’s not the same.  I found that for me, thinking creatively and constructively (depending on my task) doesn’t cause the same mental exhaustion as mentally checking out for a period of time in front of the television.  This had me questioning why this was the case.  Isn’t actively thinking supposed to cause more mental stress?  Anyways, I ended up Googling it.  (This is my go-to strategy for anything I don’t know in life.  Don’t know? Google it!)

The search for “effects to television on the brain” brought up a lot of interesting information. Below is a link from Psychology Today which discusses the overall effects of television on the brain and mood.  I am not going to try to convince you not to ever watch TV so I will not repeat any facts, but the overall search was pretty convincing.  I am considering extending the fast or at least limiting the amount of digital content I consume.

Interesting day overall.  I am physically tired, but very content.  I am glad I chose to do the fast over vacation.  My fast has enabled me to be more present in my life and aware of the people and places I see.  It’s wonderful.  If you haven’t already, I would definitely start a media fast.  It is worth trying.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inner-source/201110/your-unhappy-brain-television

-Jessica

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One comment

  1. Kate says:

    I find it really interesting in the article you linked to that “Although many people report “lack of time” as a major barrier to regular exercise, the average American adult spends over four hours per day watching television.” I think our culture tells us that watching TV is a normal (necessary?) daily activity, and it’s hard to escape the perspectives that have been indoctrinated into us.

    I would love to hear some of your thoughts (podcast maybe?) on how we’ve been indoctrinated in our culture, and how we can step back and objectively identify those things. I thought Rini had a good example of NOT needing to pay for cable. Most people would never consider this! But, think what a small percentage of people in the world actually use cable! Some other potential candidates I think of periodically are smart phones, having two cars, climate control, etc. I’d love to see what you two could come up with! 🙂

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