Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) affects between 3 and 5% of U.S. children, who have to be given medications to help them calm down so they can function in school. Scientists who have been searching for the cause of this disorder, which was almost unknown in the past, think they’ve finally found the culprit: television.
Researchers say that watching too much TV at too young an age can lead to ADD. They say that children under two should not be allowed to watch any TV, despite the special shows, like “Teletubbies,” that have been created just for them. Older children should watch no more than two hours a day. Instead, the average is more like 4 to 6 hours. Each hour in front of the TV increases a child’s chances of having ADD by 10%.