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Children who watch too much TV may have 'damaged brain structures'
Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2014 | Robin Yapp

Posted on 01/12/2014 12:34:54 AM PST by Ken H

Watching too much television can change the structure of a child's brain in a damaging way, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the more time a child spent viewing TV, the more profound the brain alterations appeared to be.

The Japanese study looked at 276 children aged between five and 18, who watched between zero and four hours TV per day, with the average being about two hours

MRI brain scans showed children who spent the most hours in front of the box had greater amounts of grey matter in regions around the frontopolar cortex - the area at the front of the frontal lobe.

But this increased volume was a negative thing as it was linked with lower verbal intelligence, said the authors, from Tohoku University in the city of Sendai.

They suggested grey matter could be compared to body weight and said these brain areas need to be pruned during childhood in order to operate efficiently.

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1 posted on 01/12/2014 12:34:54 AM PST by Ken H
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Atrophy.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 12:36:06 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Ken H

Yeah, but what if I’m busy and keeping the kids in front of the TV keeps them quiet!?!?


3 posted on 01/12/2014 12:37:17 AM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Dr. Pritchett

LOL


4 posted on 01/12/2014 12:40:27 AM PST by SortaBichy
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To: Ken H

The TV was always on when I grew up. I ended up perfectly fine. My kids watch a lot of TV and they’re doing great too. My little girl wants to be a business owner just like Mr. Krabs.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 12:43:04 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: Ken H

TV/brain ping


6 posted on 01/12/2014 12:43:06 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Ken H

Pruning brains?

Isn’t that sort of like a lobotomy?


7 posted on 01/12/2014 12:45:24 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Ken H

Man I could have been a genius...


8 posted on 01/12/2014 12:49:47 AM PST by DB
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To: Ken H
Heck, watching the so-called News shows on TV will damage your brain (or your TV as you toss your shoe, or unload your shotgun, at the lying talking head on your TV screen).
9 posted on 01/12/2014 1:00:00 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Ken H
The Japanese study looked at 276 children aged between five and 18, who watched between zero and four hours TV per day, with the average being about two hours

Presumably this exhausted the supply of Japanese children who watched less than four hours of TV per day. The rest of them were inaccessible to testing, having actually MERGED mentally and physically with their televisions.

10 posted on 01/12/2014 1:05:59 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Don’t worry about it that won’t hurt your brain.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 1:06:01 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Ken H

Is this study just for TVs or does it include computers and cell phones also? Go anywhere and look at people. They’re always staring into some sort of screen.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 1:20:42 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: ToastedHead
The TV was always on when I grew up. I ended up perfectly fine.

That was my experience.

That was my experience, too.

13 posted on 01/12/2014 1:21:23 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H
What's the difference between a computer and a TV?

Remember....they're using computers in Kindergarten.

14 posted on 01/12/2014 1:29:28 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Ken H

Or, alternatively, the dimmest children are the ones most likely to sit in front of the idiot box and vegetate.

I’ve known some rather dim individuals that simply had to have the television on at all times, even if absolute nonsense was on (such as late-night infomercials). I have a pet theory that such persons must have some form of mindless chatter in the background all of the time, otherwise the echo of the wind whistling between their ears might drive them mad.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 1:34:53 AM PST by jameslalor
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To: Ken H

I have to point out: this study checked children that watch too much JAPANESE television. Even though it’s probable that the pattern holds, what they watch there is not even remotely similar to, well, anything at all.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 1:39:14 AM PST by Moose Burger
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To: ToastedHead
The TV was always on when I grew up. I ended up perfectly fine.

We didn't have a TV until I was six. We had to go to the neighbors to see Davy Crockett and Peter Pan as Mary Martin. That's why I ended up perfect.

17 posted on 01/12/2014 1:40:48 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: Sacajaweau
What's the difference between a computer and a TV?

Speaking for my grandchildren, I would say that the picture is much smaller on the computer, and the shows are much shorter, but you have a wider selection to choose from.

18 posted on 01/12/2014 1:48:16 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

I like to think I am a dumbed down version of perfect. I seem to fool enough people to get ahead.

I taught my Dad how to use the Youtube option on the TV over Christmas, and he loved it. He made us watch the Whos on First clip about five times, and the Honeymooners when Ralph thinks that Ed Norton wrote Sewanee River. It was so cute watching him.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 1:50:49 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: ToastedHead

It’s cute now, but wait for it, pretty soon he’ll be having you over every 10 mins to watch another clip, or keep calling to tell you about the one he just watched heh.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 2:21:47 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Sacajaweau

Reading and analyzing what you are reading. In other words thinking. I grew up with very little tv, we would go months without it. I got rid of my tv a couple of years ago.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 2:21:58 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Dr. Pritchett
Yeah, but what if I’m busy and keeping the kids in front of the TV keeps them quiet!?!?

Turn off the TV. Give them some weed.

22 posted on 01/12/2014 2:24:58 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: ToastedHead
My dad often would ridicule the general population of low - information voters for "getting their news from Spongebob Squarepants". Over the holiday I asked if he ever sat and watched an episode. So we did.

Are ya ready, kids?!?


23 posted on 01/12/2014 2:26:33 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Ken H

Surely it would depend a little on what they are watching? I notice the study doesnt go into that.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 2:34:23 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Rodamala

I had no respect for the Sponge until I had kids. Then my 4 yr old told me he needed oxygen. He said he was an air breather like Sandy.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 2:45:55 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: Bulwyf

“pretty soon he’ll be having you over every 10 mins...”

This is exactly where we’re at. Its gotten even worse since he learned the rewind function. “Mama! Wait for it...wait for it...Watch this!”


26 posted on 01/12/2014 2:49:18 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: jameslalor

“I’ve known some rather dim individuals that simply had to have the television on at all times, even if absolute nonsense was on...”

This is me. I need noise. Even at work in the middle of the night, I get a lot more done if I am playing a Rush podcast in the background. I guess you could look at it as a defect:)

When I really needed to study in college, though, I needed absolute quiet. I would get irritated at the library when people talked.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 2:54:11 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: Ken H
But this increased volume was a negative thing as it was linked with lower verbal intelligence

So. . like. . .what you are saying. . .you know. . .like. . .like. . I'm like . .. you know. . .the verbal stuff and what not. . you know what I mean. . I mean. . .yea. .like, I watched the tube, sure. . you know what I mean. . I mean. . my friends, like. .you know my friends understand me fine. . you know what I mean?

28 posted on 01/12/2014 4:16:33 AM PST by McBuff
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To: Right Wing Assault

Exactly. What is the effect of repeated chooming on the brain?


29 posted on 01/12/2014 6:24:18 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby
What is the effect of repeated chooming on the brain?

It turns one into presidential material! It grants the inability to speak without a teleprompter, produces the need to take multiple expensive vacations each year, and makes one feel he is in charge of everyone else.

30 posted on 01/12/2014 6:35:03 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

In this country, the damage is caused by Partisan Media Shills, including the limo libs in the entertainment [sic] industry, and not only those on PBS. Thanks Ken H.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 7:34:09 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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