SOMEONE said in here last week (modesty forbids) that the goggle box in the corner of the room is hugely damaging to children, retarding their development emotionallyas well as intellectually. I said (if it was me) that it’s time that the retarding power of TV was studied. Well apparently an egghead is on the case. Hitchens in the MoS:
But TV is so powerful that this terrible mistreatment of the young is seldom if ever researched. Here at last seems to be an exception. Professor Michael Shayer’s new study shows the brain power of 14-year-olds has slipped significantly in one generation. And that has been the generation of multi-channel, 24-hour colour TV and sets in every bedroom.
The professor doesn’t think it a coincidence and nor do I. Why do people who rightly fuss so much about what goes into their children’s stomachs, and fret about mobile-phone signals and air pollution, pay no attention to what is going into their offspring’s brains?
Can there be a connection, one wonders, between that and this?