Watching Television is not Brain-Worthy or Is It?

Watching television is the only leisure activity associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline. Routinely hanging out on the couch engrossed in the latest season of Game of Thrones or binge-watching your favorite sitcom on Netflix is not stimulating intellectual activity. This passive pastime rarely pushes the viewer to think about the next level of challenge, to try something new or to  generate new thoughts and ideas. For all you television viewers out there, strategies exist for making your television viewing times more brain worthy. Once your show is over, spend a few moments thinking about how the television show might have ended differently. Come up with one or two alternative endings. Discuss the show’s plot, themes and character development with a fellow viewer. In so doing, you will turn your mindless activity into an intellectually enriching experience.