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Originally posted by flyindevil
Please list alternatives to television and video games.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
Too much television can make children 'mentally ill'
(visit the link for the full news article)
That study found: "Other things being equal, the more a child is exposed to the media (television and Internet), the more materialistic she becomes, the worse she relates to her parents and the worse her mental health."
The Good Childhood inquiry, compiled by more than 35,000 contributors is independent of the Church of England affiliated society but has been endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.
"If you experience "mind fog" after watching television, you are not alone. Studies have shown that watching television induces low alpha waves in the human brain. Alpha waves are brainwaves between 8 to 12 HZ. and are commonly associated with relaxed meditative states as well as brain states associated with suggestibility.
While Alpha waves achieved through meditation are beneficial (they promote relaxation and insight), too much time spent in the low Alpha wave state caused by TV can cause unfocussed daydreaming and inability to concentrate.
In an experiment in 1969, Herbert Krugman monitored a person through many trials and found that in less than one minute of television viewing, the person's brainwaves switched from Beta waves-- brainwaves associated with active, logical thought-- to primarily Alpha waves. When the subject stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the brainwaves reverted to Beta waves"
Originally posted by mithrawept
This stuff isn't new. Check out "Video Violence and Children", published in 1986 by Geoffrey Barlow and Alison Hill. It drew a direct relationship between violent video content and reciprocal behaviour in children.
One of the main ideas expressed is that, video violence doesn't make children violent but it's more likely that any latent behavioural issues the child have will surface.
This was in the mid eighties, at the height of the 'video nasty'.
What I am wondering is those who where children then are adults now, possibly with their own children. Has this produced a second generation of video violence junkies, who have learnt that it's okay to experience adult material at a younger age?