The longer children sit in front of the television, the greater the likelihood that a health disorder will develop - this need not be overweight, and learning difficulties and behavioral problems also occur.
Television consumption of children
A survey of the Kriminologische Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen, which examined inter alia behavior of children and adolescents with regard to their television consumption, found out:
- Nearly 40 percent of 10-year-olds already have their own TV, computer or game console - the numbers are closely related to the parents' education: the better the, the more the nursery is free of television.
- Children who have their own TV in their room watch much more television than children who watch television on the family television. Logically, television is more common in the eyes of adults, who are more likely to intervene when a program is not adult.
- Children who have their own computer or game console in the room are twice as likely to be on a daily basis with these devices as children without their own devices.
This results in various problems. On the one hand, the risk of obesity increases with low physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle. Experts such as the Foundation for Child Health warn that there is more and more evidence that levels of TV consumption are closely related to physical inactivity and obesity, but also promote behavioral problems, reading difficulties and overall delayed mental development.
Already in school entrance examinations shows that children who watch a lot of television, bad people can draw. Much media consumption usually means worse school performance - concentration disorders are a typical consequence. A long-term study in New Zealand showed that children who watch a lot of television are also disadvantaged years later. They are much more likely to be out of school - children who are not watching TV often have a university degree.
These findings coincide with studies from the US, Canada and Germany on violence: Game scenes in which television programs or computer games use force increase the violence of children and adolescents and distort reality.
Adults behave the same way
In 2003, the EPIC-Norfolk study showed the link between physical inactivity, such as many people live off television, and obesity with an added risk of cardiovascular disease. Daily exercise not only strengthens the cardiovascular system, but above all, it is a preventive measure against obesity and the associated diseases. The cross-sectional study of the population living in Norfolk, England, summarizes data from 15, 515 men and women between 45 and 74 years. Among other things, the scientists evaluated data on physical activity, the time spent each day watching TV, body mass index (BMI) and diastolic blood pressure. After evaluation of the data, there was clear evidence of the association between frequent television, obesity and the increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Sedentary and feminine - Women who worked more than one hour a week and watched TV less than two hours a day had a 1.92 kilogram / square meter lower BMI than women who had less to no physical activity and a daily physical activity Television consumption of more than four hours reported.
Active and Male - Active, low TV-looking men had a 1.44 kilogram / square meter lower BMI than their inactive and TV-watching counterparts. Also in terms of blood pressure had similar effects. All the moustachians who watched TV daily for several hours had a correspondingly higher blood pressure, which can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease.
Study 1: Criminological Research Institute Niedersachsen eV: The PISA losers - victims of their media consumption (2007) Study 2: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, television viewing and low participation in vigorous recreation are associated with obesity and markers of cardiovascular disease risk: EPIC Norfolk population-based study, 1089-1096, (2003) 57.