Why Watching Sports Can Be Bad for Us

Did you ever spend a lot of time in front of a screen, trying to take in as much information as you can, like a sponge, only to end up feeling overwhelmed and with a headache, not to mention eye soreness, in some cases? Well, that happens to many people who spend a lot of time in front of a screen. Anybody working a computer-tied job might suffer from these symptoms, not to mention people who love watching TV or other media.

What about sports fans? Is it bad if you watch sports, or too much sports, to be specific? It could be bad and here are a couple of reasons why.

Watching Versus Doing – The Art of Projection

People often watch sports and end up having comments like “Oh, you should’ve gone for that play instead of this play! You should’ve done this instead of that!” In other words, people often see the plays after they have happened, making comments about events after they have happened. In hindsight, every person can become a general, right? Watching too much sports can have people commenting and being frustrated instead of going out and having fun themselves, practicing a sport and seeing for themselves whether they could make the play they argued a certain professional athlete should have done. Things can go over the top when tempers are short and alcohol is consumed.

Sports and Sports Betting – The Two Lifelong Pals

Sports if often closely connected to sports betting, even though most officials would argue that it isn’t the case. It is obvious that sports and sports betting are like two brothers. People who watch a lot of sports also tend to start betting. Gambling can be highly addictive and people who over indulge in sports watching also tend to start spending their time at the local bookmaker, rather than with their families or friends, or working to save money. It is something to be vary about when watching sports and if your friends start offering you to bet on this or that team or player.

A Sedentary Lifestyle Is not Good

Watching a lot of sports often implies sitting and having a beer with your friends, maybe some snacks, often chips or something rather unhealthy. Games can last for a long time and there can be multiple games on in succession. This can lead to plenty of nights spend with terrible, unhealthy food and a lifestyle which might lead to obesity and potential health issues.

Sports are amazing when watched, but also even better in practice. Taking a part in a competition, winning, breaking a sweat, suffering a defeat, all of those things are an essential part of sports, which should be experienced at least once in a week. Too much watching can lead to laziness, which makes the transition to an active lifestyle more difficult. The more you indulge, the more energy it will take, initial and sustained, to get through the rough times of being slow, overweight or simply put, inactive.

It Might Lead to Aggression

People who over indulge in sports watching often develop a fondness for a team or player, to the point where they identify easily with the values of other fans and thus, develop a hate for their rivals. This can be troublesome, because mob psychology can turn people from regular, lovable people, into hooligans who will not shy away from punching somebody in the face just because they support the other team or player. This happens in football, but also in other sports, like tennis.

Overdoing anything, even watching sports, can be bad for you, and now you know why it could end up being a bad thing.