Excessive TV in childhood linked to antisocial behaviour

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Excessive TV in childhood linked to antisocial behaviour

Post by Gutenberg » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:25 pm

Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.

The study followed a group of around 1000 children born in Dunedin in 1972-73. Every two years between the ages of 5 and 15, they were asked how much television they watched. Those who watched more television were more likely to have a criminal conviction and were also more likely to have antisocial personality traits in adulthood.
Read the press release here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago042140.html

One of the most interesting bit about this study, is that "the relationship between TV viewing and antisocial behaviour was not explained by socio-economic status, aggressive or antisocial behaviour in early childhood, or parenting factors". In other words, here is a solid study that establishes an undeniable link between television watching and an increase chance of having several negative personality traits as an adult.

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