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Old 10-08-2005, 04:33 AM   #1
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TV stunts young brains

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...191658833.html

Does anyone actually disagree with these findings, ever, I wonder?


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TV will stunt young brains: study
October 4, 2005

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Watching TV may damage children's brain development, leading to increased anti-social behaviour, new research says.

There is also a correlation between the amount of TV children watch and the degree of educational damage they suffer, according to a report by Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

And significant long-term damage occurs even at so-called modest levels of viewing - between one and two hours a day - the report says.

Children in Britain now spend more time watching a TV screen than they do at school, but viewing even a moderate amount can dramatically increase their risk of myopia, slow down their metabolic rate and may trigger premature puberty, Dr Sigman said.

It was also found to lead to a "significantly elevated risk" of sleep problems in adulthood, causing hormone changes, which in turn directly increase appetite and body fat production and damage the immune system, leading to a greater vulnerability to cancer.

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AdvertisementDr Sigman said: "A dose-response relationship between the amount of television children watch and the degree of educational damage they suffer is now emerging that has biological plausibility.

"Television viewing is also now linked with stunting brain development in the child's frontal lobes, leading to reduced impulse control and increased anti-social behaviour.

"Schools are expected to deliver results, yet they have an insurmountable obstruction in the form of a TV screen."

Dr Sigman suggests children under three should see no screen entertainment, those over three should be limited to one hour a day of "good quality" programs, teenagers should be limited to 1½ hours a day and adults should only watch up to two hours a day.

Dr Sigman, who is also a member of Britain's Institute of Biology, said the health risks are "the greatest health scandal of our time … Reducing television viewing should be a population health priority.

"Perhaps because television isn't a substance or a visibly risky activity, it has eluded the value judgements that have befallen other health issues."

He said it was "particularly disturbing" that some academics urge caution and warn against the risk of overreacting.

"What harm could possibly result from preventing very young children from watching television and from reducing the amount of television for those over three years of age?" he said.

"There is simply too much at stake not to be responsibly decisive now. In short, there's nothing to be lost by watching less television but a great deal to be lost by continuing to watch as much as we do."

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Old 10-08-2005, 05:20 AM   #2
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Obviously the television industry disagrees with these findings.
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Can I just say that my patience for news stories that begin with 'scientists say' or 'a study has found' is dwindling by the day. It's topical but surely missing a bigger picture. Carry on.
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Television is good for the development of passive staring skills.
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I think I'm smarter thanks to television, so I'm forced to disagree.

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Same here. I watched TV constantly as a kid, sometimes educational programming, sometimes not. And I think I've done all right. I'm no genius, but I wouldn't say that watching a lot of TV stunted any brain development, either.

I wasn't very social in elementary school, but that had nothing to do with watching a bunch of TV. There were other reasons. But that's another topic for another time.

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Old 10-09-2005, 07:51 AM   #8
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there's a difference between good and bad tv, the problem is that there's a huge gap between educational programs and trash...........that tv is a too powerful pollutive shit, but many get attracted, it's actually strange.................
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There's some good stuff on TV like the History Channel. It's not all reality TV junk. I would think it depends on what the kids are watching. The right stuff would help their brains. The study doesn't specify what kind of stuff they are watching so I'm skeptical.
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when are they going to do the same study with the Internet?
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there's a difference between good and bad tv, the problem is that there's a huge gap between educational programs and trash...........that tv is a too powerful pollutive shit, but many get attracted, it's actually strange.................
My favorite show when I was 5 or 6 was "Moonlighting."

It was a good show when it wasn't always in reruns.

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TV......

I have a friend who has some attention disorder... (I don't want to hijack the thread into that discussion)

But he watches TV like a maniac.
He just doesn't give a damn about paying attention in school
But he can focus on anything he watns, and ahs great memory.

Thanks to TV, mostly.


Unfortunatly..... he's too used to the remote control....
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My favorite show when I was 5 or 6 was "Moonlighting."

It was a good show when it wasn't always in reruns.

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LOL, well, one of my favorite shows when I was a kid was "Beavis and Butt-head", so....

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Quote:
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My favorite show when I was 5 or 6 was "Moonlighting."

It was a good show when it wasn't always in reruns.

Melon


I used to watch it, too..............................
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TV is a wonderful invention, kids!

No seriously, it doesn't matter a tin shit WHAT you watch (or read), it's how you come at it that matters. I guess in short I am saying to the authors of the study, fuck you. And same for the people who wrote the damned irresponsible, trivial, meaningless newspaper article.
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