By Christina Lavers
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
“Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.” ~ Radiohead
Though many won’t want to believe it, it appears that science is again confirming the innate wisdom of many parents around the world who say “Switch off the TV, it’ll turn your brain to mush”. A long term study conducted by Tina D. Hoang (M.S.P.H.) of the Northern California Institute for Research and Education at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, Kristine Yaffe (M.D.) of the University of California, San Francisco, and coauthors, investigated the relationships between 25-year patterns of television viewing, physical activity and midlife cognition.
The study surveyed the viewing habits of 3,247 young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 using a questionnaire to assess levels of television viewing and physical activity over a 25 year period. ‘High levels of television viewing’ was defined as more than three hours of screen time a day, and exercise was measured as units based on time and intensity. Cognitive function was measured after a 25 year period, using three tests that evaluated processing speed, executive function and verbal memory.
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