Boob Tube Linked to Depression

As teen TV time rises, so does adult depression
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2009 2:23 AM CST
A new study says watching too much television as a child or teenager may increase the risk of depression as an adult.   (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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(Newser) – Teenagers who watch too much television may risk depression as adults, according to a new study. Each additional hour of daily television viewing by adolescents boosted their odds of becoming depressed as young adults by 8%, reports the Los Angeles Times. Watching videos, playing computer games and listening to the radio did not carry a similar risk.

The results don't prove television causes depression. "It could be argued that people with the predilection for later development of depression also happen to have a predilection for watching lots of TV," said the lead researcher. But scientists also speculate that watching TV might take time away from other activities and sleep, which may play a key role in staving off depression.
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