What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain
Posted August 15, 2019
MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watching episodes of your favorite shows does no favors for your brain, an expert warns.
"It's important to recognize that the brain is not an isolated organ -- it responds to its environment," said Dr. Randall Wright, a neurologist at Houston Methodist in Texas. "When we binge-watch, we create an unhealthy environment for the brain because we're sitting for long periods of time, isolating ourselves from social activities and eating large amounts of unhealthy food."
Wright likens the instant gratification of watching episode after episode of a show to wanting to continue gambling even after you win.
If you indulge often, this cycle and the side effects of binge-watching can lead to harmful brain and body changes, he said in a hospital news release. In other words, it's a problem when watching a third, fourth or fifth episode of your favorite show replaces healthy activities, he said.
But here's the good news: You don't have to stop cold-turkey. There are a number of ways to ward off negative effects of binge-watching:
-- Robert Preidt
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