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Uncomfortably Numb

Mar 01, 2010

It's okay, because it's just a few hours a day.

"[O]ver the past few months, my work and store have been busy and busier ... Somehow along the way, it became normal for [my daughter] to watch television every day ... What I didn't realise until later was that she was also growing into a miserable child. Much of the time she would be unhappy ... Not fun to take places or be with like she used to be. Everything a fight ... And so I broke the TV ... [and now we as parents] are very much stunned and are constantly gawking at the results -- for we absolutely have our wonderful sweet little daughter back again. Chatting, singing, dancing, dreaming up games ... She is co-operative, fun and easy-going. She makes up and plays her funny little games on her own, independently. She once again is a joy to be around."

Actually, it's good because it's educational.

"As far as [Dr. Dimitri] Christakis and his colleagues can determine, the only thing that baby videos are doing is producing a generation of overstimulated kids. ”There is an assumption that stimulation is good, so more is better,” he says. ”But that's not true; there is such a thing as overstimulation.” His group has found that the more television children watch, the shorter their attention spans later in life. ”Their minds come to expect a high level of stimulation, and view that as normal,” says Christakis, ”and by comparison, reality is boring.”"

Part of the series: Cerularius