Study Link Found Between Tv Watching And Attention Problems

07.06.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  A new study shows a link between the amount of time children spend watching TV and playing video games and attention-span problems in school.  Researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics studied more than 13-hundred children in third-through-fifth grades for more than a year.  Information supplied by parents on how long their children sat in front of a television was compared to a survey filled out by teachers who graded the students on how well they focused in class.

Researchers found that the kids who exceeded more than two hours a day in front of the TV were up to two times more likely to be "above average" in focus problems.  A second group of more than 200 college students showed that early exposure to video games could have lasting affects.  The study appears on the online version of "Pediatrics," the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.