Watching TV Makes You Dumb: Cambridge Study on Television Suggests You Should “Turn it Off”
#Cambridge researchers found a significant relation between hours spent in front of the television and a decline in academic performance.
The study observed the sedentary time of 845 high school #students between the ages of 14 and 16, for two years. Researchers found that each hour spent glued to the tube was linked with significantly lower scores in the student’s General Certificate of Secondary Education.
The study’s lead researcher Dr. Kirsten Corder said: “Television, computer games, and internet use were all harmful to academic performance, but #TV viewing was the most detrimental. “We can cautiously infer that increased screen time may lead to poorer academic performance for GCSEs. “I certainly wouldn’t recommend banning television. But if #teenagers or #parents are concerned about GCSE results, one thing might be to look at the amount of TV viewing that they’re doing and maybe just try to be sensible about it.” Researchers found that even if students studied more, but still watched television, their scores were still lower than those who watched less television.
#Didyouknow that the average time a parent spends having meaningful conversation with their #child in a week is 3.5 minutes? Also, did you know that the average child spends 1,680 minutes a week watching TV?
Seventy percent of all day-care centers use television. Fifty-four percent of children age 4-6 when asked if they would rather spend time with their #fathers or watch television, chose television. The average kid spends 900 hours a year in school and 1500 hours a year watching TV.
Full Study: http://bit.ly/1O1ZJX1
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