According to Science Daily, children who are more exposed to TV may be less perceptive of other people's beliefs and needs.

A team of researchers from Ohio State University tested 107 preschoolers on how well they understood the concept of beliefs, intentions, and feelings. Parents were also interviewed about the extent of their kids’ TV exposure.

The results showed that children who had television sets in their bedroom and who had higher levels of background TV exposure may be less likely to understand other people’s mental states or theory of mind.

“Children with more developed theories of mind are better able to participate in social relationships. These children can engage in more sensitive, cooperative interactions with other children and are less likely to resort to aggression as a means of achieving goals.” lead researcher Amy Nathanson explains.

For better social and cognitive development, experts recommend that you talk to your kids about TV instead. Having someone whom they can turn to may help them develop a better understanding of the world around them.

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