More TV Means Less Empathic Kids

Children’s television exposure is significantly and negatively related to their ability to read others’ emotions.


But a new study out this week has me wondering if there really is such a thing as “harmless TV” when it comes to our little ones. The Ohio State University has found that children – particularly preschoolers – who are exposed to a lot of television have a hard time developing “theory of the mind,” or the ability to recognize that other people do not see and feel the same things that they see and feel. The children did not even have to be watching the TV for it to have an impact. Simply having it on as background noise was enough to make a difference