Kids Who Watch Fantastic TV May Be Less Able To Learn
Throughout time, scientists have tried to find what the effects of TV shows are on children and adults alike. There have been made many studies on the issue, but the most recent one shows that children who watch fantastic shows on TV, like “SpongeBob SquarePants” are less able to learn shortly after they had watched the show.
A group of psychologists at the University of Virginia discovered that watching fast-paced TV shows may hinder children’s ability to learn after they had watched these shows. According to what they said, it seems that the most negative effects are drawn by fantastic TV shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which is not only unrealistic, but it is also very fast and children have to concentrate a great deal in order to get something out of it. Although the study was made on children at the age of 4, which is the age when children start learning how to behave and how to learn, it seems that the same effects can be seen on older children as well.
The psychologists involved in the study said that children who watch these sorts of TV shows find it very hard to concentrate or learn anything shortly after they had finished watching. However, being a very small study, the scientists could not say whether these effects are long-lasting or if they can be seen only shortly after the child has watched TV. The study involved groups of children who had to watch either 9 minutes of “SpongeBob SquarePants” or 9 minutes of “Caillou” or they had to draw for the same period of time. By comparison, it seems that children who had watched “Caillou” or had drawn had not had their executive brain function severely compromised as did children who watched the fantastic show. However, as said before, the scientists could not say whether the effects of these sorts of shows wear off in 2 or 3 minutes or in 30. Still, for children at the age of 4, things may be a bit more dangerous, as the things they learn at this age are very important and have lasting effects on their lifelong behaviors and learning. “Executive function is extremely important to children’s success in school and in everyday life,” said the lead investigator of the study, Angeline Lillard. “It’s important to their psychological and physical well-being.”11