Recent research has found that children who grow up without television tend to be more intelligent and have better social skills. The study was conducted by the Centre for Economic Performance, which is a part of the London School of Economics in England. These findings were based on data from 23,00 British households with at least one child under 16 years old. Researchers collected information about how many hours per day each child spent watching TV or using other screens like computers, tablets, smartphones, etc., as well as their grades in school and their teachers’ assessments of their behavior. They then compared these results against those for kids who watched some TV but less than three hours every day.
Children in this category were found to be smarter and had better behavior than those who watched TV for more than three hours each day. The researchers say that the results are not proof of cause and effect, but they still suggest a correlation between high levels of screen time and poorer educational performance. Other factors like income level or parents’ education could also be contributing to these outcomes, so there needs to be further research in this area before any conclusions can be made about how exactly television affects children’s intelligence levels. The study does provide evidence that limiting TV time may have some benefits even if it doesn’t necessarily improve cognitive ability directly–perhaps by decreasing the amount of “screen-time” kids get overall which allows them to spend more active time engaged in other activities instead. This article is an excerpt from: Children Who