Q: Do children who don't watch TV do better in school than those who do?
A: The answer depends on socioeconomic factors, including the current income of the household and the educational and economic history of the caregivers. For the middle class, it can be said that increased viewing does correlate with lower grades in school, but for children from poorer families, the opposite is true: the more television they watch, the better their grades are. If the caregivers are not around to interact with the children or are not intellectually stimulating, then the kids seem to learn more from watching television.
Q: If children from poorer families benefit from television, does that mean that children from poorer countries might benefit, as well?
A: That may be true. An international 2001 study looked at the way children spend their leisure time, including TV-watching and computer use, and concluded that in richer countries where a larger percentage of kids watched TV every day, higher scores were achieved on reading exams. Researchers also implied that those kids also had higher IQ scores.
Q: Does watching television make you fat?
A: Although it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch to say that people who watch a lot of TV are getting less exercise, exposing themselves to more temptation (since $1 billion is spent annually on junk food advertising targeted at children and teenagers alone), and mindlessly eating more (junk) food, the actual studies do not always clearly support this claim. Although television watching is a strong risk factor for childhood and adolescent obesity, it's hard to pinpoint the exact cause, so it might be more precise to say that it's not television itself but inactivity and buying into ads for junk food that contribute to higher BMI.
Q: Does watching television ruin your eyesight?
A: There is no evidence to support this rumor that began in the 1960s, when General Electric sold TV sets that emitted excessive amounts of radiation. Although modern technology is safe, the rumor is still alive, probably because parents need a scary, persuasive reason to get their kids to go outside to play!
Q: Does watching television have an adverse effect on reading skills?
A: There is evidence to support this hypothesis. Studies have found that for some older kids, TV can discourage and replace reading. Children from households where the TV is on a lot are less likely to be read to, spend less time reading themselves, and are less likely to be able to read.
Q: How much television do people watch per day, on average?
A: Too much. According to the Nielsen report, the average American over the age of 2 watch more than 34 hours a week. According to a 2013 survey conducted by Nickelodeon, children under the age of 9 watch 35 hours of television per week. The average 12-month-old gets between 1 and 2 hours of screen time per day. Hard statistics for infants can't be found but in one survey, 90% of parents said that their children under 2 watch TV.
Q: How much television is too much?
A: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under 2 years not watch any (none!) and that that older kids watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of "quality programming."
Many people think television has mostly a negative impact on their lives because television displays a lot of violence, gossip, and erotic things. They think watching TV will waste their time, disorder their thinking, and give bad demonstrations to their child. Actually, most people hold the wrong views about watching TV; it is beneficial to watch TV. Here are the reasons why.
First of all, there is the information that I can absorb from television. Daily news, for example, has a lot of information that I never know about and reports a lot of incidents which happen around the world such as America sends army and air force to Iraq and catches its president, by the way, we can learn not only information but also about different societies, cultures, and customs I can not learn from news such as some strange traditions of a small city that I have never heard in China or another small country in the corner of the earth. Although I spend my time on television but I get something more valuable and helpful than what I consume.
Secondly, there is the excitement that I can get from television when I am bored. There are many exciting movies on HBO, for instance, “Terminator I, II, and III” are very good movies to cheer me up. Many parents think that kind of exciting movies are too violent for their children to watch because they blame the movies for their children’s behavior rather than tell their children what is right and what is wrong; furthermore, parents and adults can watch “RoboCop” by themselves and they can enjoy the movie without worrying about their children learning bad things or violent behaviors from it.
Last but not least, there is the stimulation that I can bring to my brain from the television such as the show – Super Millionaire. This program is very popular not only in America but also in my country – Taiwan because people can join the game in their homes with the participants at the television station, and this can stimulate my brain by thinking about and answering the questions even I can’t really get the bonus if I got the correct answer. Moreover, I can call in the show to win the prize if there is no winner today; this kind of television program suits both children and adults; there is no bad influence or side effects.
To sum up, it is in terms of absorbing information, getting excitement, and stimulating my brain so that television has no negative but only positive impacts on my life. If I want to learn or know something by another way instead of television, I truly believe that I will spend more time and more money to reach my goal.