I read a survey a while back that said that while watching television, on average, the brain uses less mental capacity than when you are asleep. Heck, you might as well sleep and catch up with the millions of people who do not get 8 hours of sleep a night. How many of those people are missing sleep because of a show they want to watch?
Has television become so central to us? People I know have televisions in every room of their homes. What show is that important?
In recent years the same has been done to the computer. Computers in the kitchen and bedroom and office, a television that has internet. No wonder the US is the most obese county in the world.