Shocking: TV Rotting Our Kid’s Brains!

by Ryan on August 13, 2013

in Anything Else,Culture,Education

I’m pretty sure every child since the mid-1950s has been told that TV will rot their brains.  It’s their parents way of encouraging them to go outside and play, pick up a book, help around the house, or do their homework.  So it was just a matter of time before someone decided to study TV’s impact on children.

Here it is:  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 should watch no TV, while those over 2 watch no more than two hours per day.  The study seemed to link TV consumption to poor development in motor and social skills by Kindergarten.  Whatever the mental benefits of certain TV shows, TV cannot teach how to actually interact with others, show you how to explore your environment, or refine one’s motor skills.

While a new study on an old story, I do think that this issue is different for today’s children.  We used to be told to go out and play, but the Bubble-Wrapped generation under 14 year old don’t really know what that is.  I haven’t had high school students who “went out and played” for years — after TV, they moved to another electronic device/game system, or had an uber-supervised “play date,” or colored by themselves in a crowded room at day care.  It’s kind of sad.

The only way to really fix the problem is through changing these patterns in our own homes.

Link via Drudge.

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