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Effec of Telivision Essay

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Effects Of Television On Humans83
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By hassam

While controversy continues to surround the way the content screen media affects our thoughts and behaviour, a growing body of empirical evidence is indicating that watching television causes physiological changes, which are really not for the better. Most of these effects occur irrespective of the type of programme that people watch - whether it is violence or teletubbies (fun, games, etc). It is the medium, not the message.

Watching television is now the industrialised world's main pastime, taking up more of our time than any other single activity except work and sleep.However, biological sciences are fast becoming the new arena for examining the effects of society's favourite pastime. And in industrialised societies, the findings are set to recast the role of the television screen as the greatest unacknowledged public health issue of our time.

Attention and Cognition
The general guidelines recommend that children under the age of two should not watch TV or any form of screen entertainment at all because television "can negatively affect early brain development" and that children of all ages should not have a television in their bedroom.

Early exposure to television during critical periods of synaptic development would be associated with subsequent attention problems. Little thought has gone in to the potentially crucial role that early childhood experiences may have on the development of attentional problems.

Children who watch television at ages one and three had a significantly increased risk of developing such attentional problems by the time they were seven. For every hour of television a child watched per day, there was a significant increase in attentional problems. New brain-imaging studies...

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