numerous research studies have found that, as a generalisation, watching television negatively impacts on children’s concentration, increases the risk of obesity and interferes with play and communication.
Via Andrew Sullivan No real surprise — anecdotally, at least. They call it the “Boob Tube” for a reason.
I’ve noticed over the years that those who spend lots of time talking about their favorite t.v. shows (who would tend to be those enthusiastically watching said shows) also tend to be some of the least articulate people I’ve ever met. I’ve also seen the trend in my students: those who are out doing things — and it could be reading, playing basketball, doesn’t really matter — have vastly better concentration, and are generally just noticeably more “with it” than those who don’t.