Real-time war watching harming real lives? - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Real-time war watching harming real lives?

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

March 25, 2003

Even though the war is thousands of miles away, it's playing out right in our own living rooms.

This war has unprecedented media coverage, with journalists imbedded with American troops. So anywhere there is a television set, the battlefield can be seen. This real time reporting might be negatively affecting our real lives.

You might say Tammy Conner is a news junkie, "Quite a bit, the television is never turned off at my house. I'm not watching it 24/7 but quite a bit of it." The TV is not off at the gym either. While she walks on the treadmill, she watches the latest developments in the war. Tammy is not the only one.

"Over the weekend six to eight hours over the weekend at least on the war, yeah." Myers Pait, a Korean War veteran, remembers when journalists were not allowed on the front lines, and doesn't think it's a good idea to have them there now, "I don't think it's good for the American people to see dead soldiers be it ours or the Iraqis. It doesn't serve a purpose. It's bad for the moral and I don't think it's good, not a good move."

"We've already seen people in the last few days this has affected and in 99 percent of cases, its negatively affected." Therapist John Stoeckel says the gory images of war arouse feelings of anxiety, sadness, even depression, "We get instant news, that's intriguing some people, holding people to the television. But we are not healthier people for it, our balance of life changed greatly."

Bodybuilder Ray Drake watches the war for about 25 minutes a day--and no more, "I think it's a drawback of this technology we have and letting reporters come in, but a lot of people think it's good. I don't think people should know all the gory details of war I really don't think that's good."

Striking the right balance--between watching the war and the rest of your life--is the only way to stay mentally fit. If watching the war is making you feel sad or anxious, Therapist John Stoeckel recommends you take a break. A good idea is spending some time with your family.

Posted at 3:50 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com