Watching too much television may lead to antisocial behavior in kids, such as bullying, fighting and stealing. Citing a study by British researchers, CBS News reports that kids who watched more than three hours of television a day were more likely to develop those behaviors.
The study looked at 11,000 kids born between 2000 and 2002. It found that almost two-thirds of the children watched TV for one to three hours a day. About 15% watched more than three hours per day. Less than 2% watched no television.
The article notes that after "ruling out other factors like family characteristics, the researchers discovered that watching more than three hours of TV per day was associated with a small but statistically significant increase in risk for antisocial behavior and conduct problems."
"It is a very, very small effect we found," study author Dr. Alison Parkes said. "It could be the tip of the iceberg and if we knew what they were watching, we might find more of an effect."
The link between the antisocial behavior and TV watching time might be indirect, the study’s authors said, and could be related to inactivity, sleeping problems or impaired development linked to too much screen time, the story notes.