Extensive Adolescent TV/Media = Depression
Here’s a bit of information you may find helpful in those arguments with kids over how much TV they watch: A study looking at the television and media use by adolescents found that those “reporting more television use had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily television use. In addition, those reporting more total media exposure had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily use.”
Interestingly enough, the researchers did not find the same relationship to depression for those adolescents who were exposed to videocassettes, computer games, or radio. It’s not clear who watches videocassettes anymore, but this is something to consider, especially during the winter months where there is a tendency to focus more on indoor activities and be less active and more sedentary.