Criteria for Substance Abuse?

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        Watching too much Television can fit into the "Criteria for Substance Abuse"

        Millions of Americans are so hooked on television that they fit the criteria for substance abuse as defined in the official psychiatric manual, according to Rutgers University psychologist and TV-Free America board member Robert Kubey. Heavy TV viewers exhibit five dependency symptoms two more than necessary to arrive at a clinical diagnosis of substance abuse.
        These include:
        1) using TV as a sedative
        2) indiscriminate viewing
        3) feeling loss of control while viewing
        4) feeling angry with oneself for watching too much
        5) inability to stop watching
        6) feeling miserable when kept from watching.

        Television Statistics
        According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.

        FAMILY LIFE
        Percentage of households that possess at least one television: 99
        Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household: 2.24
        Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66
        Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
        Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66
        Number of hours of TV watched annually by Americans: 250 billion
        Value of that time assuming an average wage of S5/hour: S1.25 trillion
        Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV: 56
        Number of videos rented daily in the U.S.: 6 million
        Number of public library items checked out daily: 3 million
        Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV: 49

        CHILDREN
        Approximate number of studies examining TV's effects on children: 4,000
        Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful
        conversation with their children: 3.5
        Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
        Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
        Percentage of parents who would like to limit their children's TV watching: 73
        Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV
        and spending time with their fathers, preferred television: 54
        Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
        Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
         
        VIOLENCE
        Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000
        Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000
        Percentage of Americans who believe TV violence helps precipitate real life mayhem: 79

        COMMERCIALISM
        Number of 30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
        Number of TV commercials seen by the average person by age 65: 2 million
        Percentage of survey participants (1993) who said that TV commercials
        aimed at children make them too materialistic: 92
        Rank of food products/fast-food restaurants among TV advertisements to kids: 1
        Total spending by 100 leading TV advertisers in 1993: $15 billion
         
        GENERAL
        Percentage of local TV news broadcast time devoted to advertising: 30
        Percentage devoted to stories about crime, disaster and war: 53.8
        Percentage devoted to public service announcements: 0.7
        Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges: 59
        Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: 17


        I'll tell you this i cannot go on in my day without seeing this commercial.. if i don't see it feels like my whole life's a drag..



        How many of you could do without TV? How many have spent at least 24 Hours without turning on the TV?

        I think i need to call 1 800 Tube Anon 

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        I always use the TV to help me go to sleep, apparently I can't close my eyes without somebody blabbering in the background.
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        LMAO at someone blabbering in the background..

        Johnny me too i have to have the TV to sleep, but if i wake up and one of those paid ads are on for say something like.. that kitchen gadget "the magic bullet" i'll be asking myself very quietly, with my eyes glued to the tube..what the heck am i doing up at 3 am watching this?
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        Imagin.ation wrote:

        but if i wake up and one of those paid ads are on for say something like.. that kitchen gadget "the magic bullet" i'll be asking myself very quietly, with my eyes glued to the tube..what the heck am i doing up at 3 am watching this?


        I've asked myself that question many times
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        I am just the opposite, i don't really watch a lot of TV. I could probably go for a few days without ever turning it on. Sometimes something major happens in the world i won't know for a few days. Someone will start talking about it to me and i'm like huh? They think i must live under a rock.

        So not watching enough TV has it's drawbacks too.

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