Study: Frequent TV Viewing During Adolescence Linked to Attention and Learning Difficulties

May 7, 2007 (
Teenagers who watch television for three or more hours per day may have a higher risk of attention and learning difficulties in their adolescent and early adult years, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.At age 14, 225 (33.2 percent) of the teens reported that they watched three or more hours of television per day. “Television viewing time at mean age 14 years was associated with elevated risk for subsequent frequent attention difficulties, frequent failure to complete homework assignments, frequent boredom at school, failure to complete high school, poor grades, negative attitudes about school (i.e., hates school), overall academic failure in secondary school and failure to obtain post-secondary (e.g., college, university, training school) education,” the authors write. “These associations remained significant after the covariates were controlled.” These covariates included family characteristics and previous problems with thinking, learning and memory.