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Remember back when we were kids and our parents urged us to unglue ourselves from the TV and go outside and play? Here's one more reason they were right -- and that we should be saying the same to our kids. According to a new study from the UK's University of Bristol, published in the November edition of Pediatrics, kids who spent more than two hours watching television (or playing computer games) each day were 60 percent more likely to have serious psychological problems, including having trouble relating to peers, emotional issues and hyperactivity.
Researchers based their psychological evaluation of the kids -- there were about 1,000 of them, ages 10 and 11 -- on a questionnaire that asked them how much time they spent in front of the TV or computer and then had them self-rate their emotional, peer, conduct and hyperactivity problems by posing such statements as "I am often unhappy, down-hearted or tearful," "I am usually on my own," "I generally play alone or keep to myself," etc. High scorers on the questionnaire were considered to have psychological problems.
The most interesting part of the results? That two-hour TV time led to psychological problems regardless of how physically active the kids were the rest of the day. Once again, it turns out less is more -- especially when it comes to too much TV and video time.
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