A New Zealand study has found that TV affects children’s behaviour.
The study showed that children who watch lots of TV are more likely to have criminal convictions and show aggressive behaviour as adults.
The study was completed by the University of Otago and tracked the viewing habits of about 1,000 children aged five to 15.
The study started when the children were born, in the early 1970s, and then followed them until they were 26 to see if they could find a link between TV watching and behaviour.
It found a strong correlation between childhood exposure to television and anti-social behaviour in young adults.
Co-author Bob Hancox said that the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30 per cent with every hour of TV watch during a week night.
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