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In a study published this week in the open access International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Cambridge researchers found a significant relation between hours spent in front of the television and a decline in academic performance.

The study observed the sedentary time, or time absence of body movement, of 845 high school students between the ages of 14 and 16, for two years. Researchers found that each hour spent glued to the tube was linked with significantly lower scores in the student's General Certificate of Secondary Education.

The study's lead researcher Dr. Kirsten Corder, from Cambridge University's Centre for Diet and Activity Research, said: "Television, computer games, and internet use were all harmful to academic performance, but TV viewing was the most detrimental.

"We can cautiously infer that increased screen time may lead to poorer academic performance for GCSEs.

"I certainly wouldn't recommend banning television. But if teenagers or parents are concerned about GCSE results, one thing might be to look at the amount of TV viewing that they're doing and maybe just try to be sensible about it."

Researchers found that even if students studied more, but still watched television, their scores were still lower than those who watched less television.

This study by Cambridge is one of many studies conducted that illustrate the detrimental effects of television.

There are over 4000 studies that have been done on the effect of TV on children; some of which are very disturbing.

Did you know that the average time a parent spends having meaningful conversation with their child in a week is 3.5 minutes? Also, did you know that the average child spends 1,680 minutes a week watching TV?

Seventy percent of all day-care centers use television. Fifty-four percent of children age 4-6 when asked if they would rather spend time with their fathers or watch television, chose television. The average kid spends 900 hours a year in school and 1500 hours a year watching TV.

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An 18-year-old high school student has witnessed 200,000 violent acts on TV, and an elementary student will have seen 8,000 murders. The average child will watch 20,000 commercials a year while the number one spender in youth advertisement is fast food. Fifty-four percent of the shows on TV are devoted to crime. Fifty-nine percent of Americans can name the Three Stooges while only 17 percent can name at least 3 Supreme Court justices.

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours per week, or 2 months per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent nine years glued to the tube, and for children these numbers are often higher.

Another tragedy is that most people’s entire lives revolve around TV. Imagine being that 65-year-old person who has watched nine years of TV. They would probably have more memories of television programs than real life memories.

The effects of turning off the television are profound, just ask anyone who has done it. When it is revisited, network television and commercials are seen by those who do not consume it as an insult on their intelligence. In some cases, it's downright offensive.

Why do you think they call it "Television Programming"?

After tuning out for a long enough period and objectively reobserving TV, one can see it for the militaristic, consumerist, police state promoting apparatus that it is.

If you doubt this claim, stop watching television for six months and try it for yourself.

We have the ability to communicate freely with the entire world via the internet; nevertheless the majority continues to rely on television to bring them information. They rely on television to feed them their views of the world and have no idea that it is a system of propaganda out for its own interests.

Television producers are dedicated to keeping you tuned in, to sell you a product, a politician, a war, or a bill of goods, regardless of its outcome or effect on the population.

Perhaps the most harmful effect of MSM is their uncanny ability to stoke divide among otherwise friendly groups by employing "Us vs. Them" tactics.

It's time we stop playing into the divisive means of those who profit from your mental and physical loss. Share this article with your friends and family and ask them to take the 6-month challenge -- they will thank you for it later.