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Excessive TV in Childhood Linked to Long-term Antisocial Behaviour

I always thought my mom was torturing me by not allowing me to watch television as a child. Turns out she was doing me a favor.

Excessive television not only stunts imagination, it also seems to cause anti-social behavior according to an article from Science World Report .

A new study from the University of Otago, New Zealand shows that children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to have antisocial or criminal behavior when they become adults.

The study also found that watching more television in childhood was associated, in adulthood, with aggressive personality traits, an increased tendency to experience negative emotions, and an increased risk of antisocial personality disorder; a psychiatric disorder characterised by persistent patterns of aggressive and antisocial behaviour.

Other studies have suggested a link between television viewing and antisocial behaviour, though very few have been able to demonstrate a cause-and-effect sequence.”

Not that I needed an article to tell me I lucked out in the mom department.

Read the full article here

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