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1. What is TV addiction?
Television addiction is an excessive and unhealthy dependence on television in general. The person who suffers from it, gets pleasure in a repetitive behavior of it, affecting this fact in all facets of his life.
2. What are the symptoms of television addiction?
- People addicted to television spend much of their time watching it and despite making repeated unsuccessful efforts to reduce the time they watch, they give up important social, family or occupational activities to watch television.
- They have symptoms similar to "abstinence" from subjective discomfort when they were deprived of television.
- Television addicts in general are more anxious and withdrawn than other people who watch television, and use television to distract themselves from negative moods, worries and fears, and boredom.
- They are more likely to be lonely and hostile.
3. What are the causes of television addiction?
- Television addiction can be related to difficulties in social relationships.
- It also occurs in occasions when the person does not know how to solve certain difficulties and resorts to technology not to think.
- Behind this addiction, there are often problems of self-esteem and insecurity. The person does not feel comfortable with himself and resorts to distractions, such as technology, to hide his negative emotions.
4. What are the consequences of television addiction?
- Alterations in behavior.
- Social isolation.
- Changes in mood.
- Communication problems.
- Difficulty falling asleep.
5. What is the treatment?
In the most serious cases, it is always advisable to undergo psychological treatment to treat television addiction.
The treatment will be focused on:
- Increase self-confidence.
- Get the patient to relearn to relate to technology and make moderate use of television.
- Increase self-confidence.
- Develop the patient's social skills.
- Re-ensense to distribute time in productive and healthy activities.
- Teach self-control techniques.
6. How to prevent TV addiction?
- Encouraging healthy activities.
- Learn how to manage stress.
- Encourage face-to-face interpersonal relationships.
- Encourage self-esteem.
- Consider treatment when there is a problem and go to a professional.
People addicted to television answer some of the following questions in the affirmative
- Do you feel unable to stop watching and/or turning off the TV?
- If you are not in front of the TV, do you feel anxious or agitated and can't stop thinking about what is happening in the programs you watch?
- Do you plug on the TV more and more often or for longer periods than you initially intended?
- Do you need to increase the number of hours you spend in front of the TV?
- Do you use the TV as an escape valve in the face of other problems in your life?
- Do you stop interacting with others and leaving home because you need to be watching TV?
- Do you have problems with the relatives who live in your house because you no longer interact with them, or do you stop taking care of your responsibilities for being in front of the TV?
- Do you feel unable to control the time you spend in front of the TV?
- Have you stopped doing activities that were pleasant to you (meeting with friends, going out to the countryside...) because you were aware of what happens on TV shows?
- Do you go to bed late because you are watching what's going on television, and that motivates your academic or work performance to worsen?
- Are you still connected to the TV despite the problems it is causing you?
I would be very happy to read your answers to these questions in the comment section. I wish you a nice day. 🙂
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