Social Skill Deficit from Heavy Viewing in Early Childhood
Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm
Mistry, Minkovitz, Strobino, and Borzekowski examined the effects of heavy TV viewing in early childhood for a study in the October issue of Pediatrics. They found that children who watched more than 2 hours of television per day between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 ½ had problems with social skills and with displaying aggressive behavior. Those who didn't watch much TV as toddlers, but who watched a lot at age 5 ½ also had difficulty with social skills.
The good news is that children who were heavy viewers as toddlers, but who reduced their viewing by age 5 ½ did not have significant social or behavioral problems.