Bedroom Media Can Increase the Risk of Poor Grades, Study Says

A new study from Iowa State University revealed that when there is a TV or video games in the bedroom, children spend less time reading and sleeping that can lead to poor grades.

Researchers found that having a TV in the bedroom can cause problems with sleep, school, and behavior. Besides, it can also increase the risk of obesity, levels of physical aggression, and video game addiction, a study has found and published in the journal Development Psychology.

“The Location really does matter,” according to the researchers.

The researchers observed children over a 13 to 24 month period and noticed that media in bedroom increased total screen time, which indirectly affected school performance. The increase of screen time can lead to higher body mass index, and it is associated with symptoms of video game addictions and physical aggression.

Lead author and Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, Douglas Gentile said, “when most children turn on the TV alone in their bedroom, they’re probably not watching educational shows or playing educational games.”

Gentile also said that bedroom media gives children 24-hour access, so it is a responsibility of parents to control their use.

It is very difficult for the parent to never allow a TV in the bedroom according to the Gentile. “It’s a question every parent must face, but there is a simple two-letter answer. That two letter answer is tough, but it is worth it.”

However, the study observed television and video games use but the researchers believe the same outcome with smartphones and mobile devices.


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