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The "Couch Potato" Syndrome


Television doesn't have to be violent or vulgar to have a negative effect. Excessive television watching of any sort has clear psychological and physiological effects on children. We refer to this as the "couch potato" syndrome. Several studies have documented that even benign television content decreases children's creativity and imagination, decreases physical activity, increases obesity. Lowered grades, decreased ability to handle stress and conflict, and higher levels of aggressive behavior with peers have also been clearly documented.

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