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Highly respected medical bodies have voiced clear concerns, and the normally conservative mainstream medical and scientific journals have published worrying associations between television viewing and health. I recently ran across Dr.

Yet Remotely Controlled is much more than an indictment of the dangers of watching television. Sigman aims to draw our awareness to the glaring imbalance in our lives and show us how we can re-establish control away from the remote control. He explores how exposure to greenery can counter the harmful effects of the screen and how replacing TV time with family and friend time will lead to happier, fuller, and above all, healthier lives. The figures are frightening- Britons currently spend an average of four hours a day watching television - that's more than a 24-hour day per week.

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A fascinating book jam-packed with studies exploring the effects of television on our brains, our bodies, our minds and societies. Sigman draws together work on everything from changing brain function to anorexia in distant countries, racial misrepresentation to copycat violence, and caps it all off with a few ideas as to what else we could be doing with our time to counteract some of the negative effects of modern media saturation. We're committed to providing low prices every day, on everything. So if you find a current lower price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we'll match it.

How television is damaging our lives. The figures are frightening: Britons currently spend an average of four hours a day watching television - that's more than a 24-hour day per week. This book is a compelling read which will cause us all to take a step back and reassess our viewing habits.

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A startling exposé of Britain's growing addiction to television and why and what should be done tostop it, the author looks at the statistics that show television has become an obsession even more influential than parents inside the household.In this insightful and shockingly perceptive assessment of the relationship with the small screen, the author reveals the alarming reality of what television is actually doing physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. He provides evidence as to how television contributes to the rising global obesity rate by actually slowing our metabolic rate, stunts children’s brain development, and is responsible for over half of all rapes and murders in the industrialized world.

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Huston
"Remotely Controlled" shares research and the authors perspective on the damaging effect of television on people's life. Personally, I agree with the author that television has a strong negative effect on the lives of many people and I enjoyed reading the research and facts behind this. However, at times, remotely controlled went a little too far in trying to "find" arguments against television and, to me, that made it lose part of its credibility. Still, I enjoyed the book and it is worth reading.

The book is structured in two parts. The first part is about the effect of television on people's lives and the second part is about alternative things that people could do *instead* of watching television.

The first part contains nine chapters and each contains one damaging factor of television. The perspectives are: negative effect on brain development of children, destroying of differences and culture, negatively influencing our thinking, increasing use of violence after watching violent TV, increase of fat due to less exercise and more eating, decrease of sexual interest, increased depression due to "perfect people," following television propaganda, and increase of aging. Some of these perspectives were really good and important (e.g. the effect on children), however sometimes they felt exaggerated or less important (such as the influence of television on how to use the English language).

The second part contains five chapters about alternatives. The first suggests that television can be used but that watching should be restricted to a limited amount of time and content. The other four chapters suggests alternatives such as: day-dreaming and doing nothing, getting in contact with nature, playing games, reading, and getting together socially.

As said, I enjoyed the book, but found it at times nit-picking and at times very one-sided. An example mentioned above is the effects on television on English language, which went on for page after page. Similarly at times it was talking about television as a screen and at times it was talking about television content. Sometimes it included *any* screen as part of television (such as computers) and at times it didn't. It made me feel that the author decided to interpret however it would be most convincing at that point, and that made me feel being tricked. That said, I did enjoy the research he showed and... enjoyed the book overall. Recommended for people who are curious about the impact of television.
Antuiserum
The book starts off well enough but the author doesn't provide enough references to back up his claims and also he is too apologetic towards the act of watching television. You get the idea midway through the book that he has the intelligence and the means to provide some hardcore proof about the truly sinister nature of television and its psychological effects but he seems to be holding back. It's more than likely in an effort to attract more readers and to placate his peers. There's not much in this book that can't be found elsewhere since the content is so watered down.
Snowseeker
I haven't quite finished reading this book, but have already found it to be full of valuable authentic information about the effects of long term television viewing on our children, as well as adults.

The research done for the information included in this book clearly shows that our television viewing habits have contributed to several of our society's problems, such as ADHD, dysfunctional behavior, learning disabilities in children as well as physical illness, even cancer.

I had already read Marie Winn's book, "The Plug-In Drug" about computer and television addiction, so finding this additional material is a real advantage. The information in these two books helps to explain many of the serious changes that our society has undergone during my lifetime.

I am a retired high school teacher, and I struggled with many challenges in the classroom, but the most difficult was simply capturing the full attention of my students when presenting a lesson. This book certainly helps to explain why intelligent young people often struggle to master subject matter in high school and college.

I recommend this book to anyone, especially parents or those who expect to be parents, and most certainly for educators. We cannot change the world unless our children are able to learn, so perhaps information such as this will help us to know better where to start in order to improve the very society in which we live. These findings can even mean longer and more productive lives for many of us.
lacki
Dr. Sigman is well informed, most articulate and frequently employs enjoyable understated English humor when making a point. This book is quite illuminating, contains numerous citations plus recounts several of Sigman's first-hand observations to support his basic theory, that being: too much 'screen time' has significant downsides - both cognitively and sociologically.
FireWater
You will not be disappointed. It will give evidence as to how far we have come depending on TV time more than other activities, like reading or just hanging out.

TV leaves you with no imagination. Instead, it tells you how it supposed to be. Creativity right out the window.

The children, wow...you have the read the book. It will not waste your time. Actually, you will find yourself confessing to your own overload on TV watching. I sure did.

It is also a great gift to help others come to the realization that there is more to life on a giving evening than watching TV for hours, like getting to know each other or make up games. It's that simple.
Buzatus
This book presents well-supported arguments for being careful how you and your children use the most popular form of recreation and entertainment - the television. Several years have elapsed since it was written. That period has seen very significant technological changes, including the rise of Facebook and the near ubiquity of WiFi and of smart phones. It would be very interesting to see an updated edition.
Remotely Controlled: How Television is Damaging Our Lives download epub
Words Language & Grammar
Author: Aric Sigman
ISBN: 0091906903
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Language: English
Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (February 1, 2007)
Pages: 368 pages