Does too much TV lead to shorter attention spans?

Elias, Marilyn. USA Today. April 5, 2004. Online. October 25, 2013.

This is a little late, but better late than never, amiright? Anyway, this article states that how much television a young child watches can have detrimental effects on his or her ability to pay attention, or their attention spans in other words. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under 2 years old, and no more than 2 hours a day for children older than 2. According to the study, children ages 1-3 who are “frequent TV viewers” were more likely to score in the top 10% in concentration problems, impulsiveness, and restlessness. I guess I’m not too surprised that researchers found this out, although I do not think that watching too much TV is the sole reason for shorter attention spans. I actually think it is multiple causes that lead to children having this problem.

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