Mat Drogemuller

Smoke & Mirrors: Excessive TV bad for your relationship? Ah, no.

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Watching too much TV? According to a Harvard study you’re not only ruining your health, you’re also ruining your relationship. Mat Drogemuller begs to differ…

 

Excessive TV watching with your partner is bad for the health of your relationship, according to a recent article on Elite Daily, which cites obesity, erectile dysfunction and falling in love with fictional characters as screen-caused romance killers.

Not only is TV binge-ing addictive and mentally harmful, but, according to a Harvard study quoted in the article, it also increases your chances of obesity related early death by 13 percent.

…Aaaand the headline generator strikes again, now with even more unsubstantiated claims, conjecture disguised as fact and shameless hyperbole – read on if you’re naïve and curious!

Yes, there are links between excessive TV watching and obesity (although falling in love with screen characters and distancing yourself from reality is something you’ll have to judge for yourself). But the real causes of obesity are diet and (lack of) exercise. You could watch three hours of TV a day and, according to my calculations, there are still 21 more hours in which you could be exercising and eating carrots.

As for the effects of advertising, most of us binge on downloaded or DVD content anyway, thereby reducing the amount of unhealthy food and beverage ads we take in.

As for erectile dysfunction – if excessive TV watching reduces your stress there’s no reason why it wouldn’t actually increase your performance.

If the latest Bachelorette or Bachelor really does it for you, you might expect the same result.

The real point here is that none of these things has anything to do with the health of your relationship. Even if you and your partner are obese, erectionally-dysfunctional sloths, who are emotionally dependent on vampire-related drama, you could still have a loving relationship unhindered by sensationalist journalism.

For all the guilt your parents may or may not have imbued in the small screen, it’s a medium that brings together more people than any other.

It breaks ice, warms hearts and, for many couples, represents valuable time spent together.

Mat Drogemuller

Mathew Drogemuller is a freelance writer, musician and chess novice. His house is littered with harmonica corpses and he has a law degree he chooses to ignore. As well as writing for TBS, you can read his music reviews on ripitup.com.au and his band interviews in Mixdown Magazine.

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