If your TV is “smart”, I have bad news. It tracks everything you do and feeds that information back to advertisers.
At least you can stop it. To prevent this invasion of privacy, tap or click to change the settings on your TV.
The same goes for your streaming devices and services. Tap or click to control watching with Netflix, Amazon, Roku, Hulu and more.
While you have your privacy basics covered, consider your health. Here are some tips to reduce eye strain, neck pain and eye strain.
1. Lighting is important
“You’re going to destroy your eyes!” We’ve all heard of kids sitting in front of the TV, right? Watching TV does not cause permanent vision damage, but it can strain your eyes.
A dim, dimly lit room is ideal for watching TV. Open windows, flashing track lights, and other distracting light can make your eyes work longer.
You don’t need fancy smart lighting or gadgets. Draw the blinds, turn off the house lights, and flash on the LEDs if you prefer not to go into full black-out mode.
Lamps and other lighting can cause annoying reflections and glare. Choose ambient light sources muted by diffusive domes or lampshades.
2. Smart formula to know if you are too close
When it comes to eye health, you should sit far away from the TV so that your eyes are not exposed to too much glare.
The secret formula: Measure the width of your TV and multiply that number by five. This distance is the ballpark you should shoot for in your home theater, living room, or any other space with a TV. Now, it’s difficult to stick to this formula with larger TVs.
Other factors like the size of the room, the shape and number of seats you need to configure, and window placement also come into play. It doesn’t matter if some give or buy. Aim for at least 10 feet if you can.
3. Check your screen height
A TV installed too high or too low can cause eye and neck strain. Watching TV around eye level while you are sitting is a more comfortable viewing experience. So, how to set it up? Use a laser pointer or a long measuring tape to find your direct line of sight from the best seat in the house.
Have a friend or family member lightly mark the spot on the wall with a pencil. If you’re working alone, do your best to remember where the marker hit during the experiment. The center of your TV screen should be where you want it to be.
4. Turn down the brightness
Bright, saturated blue light is harsh on your eyes. That’s why staring at your phone in a dark room can be so confusing.
Is your TV backlit? An OLED? What HDR capabilities does it bring to the table? All of these affect which brightness is best. Your eyes will also give you many clues. Do you squint when the room is dark? The TV may be too bright.
Check your TV’s user manual or click the Settings menu to find the brightness. Don’t just rely on one of the prepackaged ones. Tune up and down to see what works best for your space.
Take some time to play with color temperature, HDR settings and image saturation.