Agra: The growing craze for watching television among children can have a toll on their health, reveals a survey. According to the study, children below eight years of age are unable to differentiate between the real and the virtual TV world and this leads to an adverse effect on their health causing problems like obesity.

A change in the behavior of children addicted to TV is also visible, says the survey which claims that the addiction increases anger and aggression within a child.

The survey conducted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has found that children, on an average, watch television for five hours daily.

The survey which was conducted on more than 3000 guardians and 2000 youths included children aged between 6-18 years. It puts forth that 90 per cent of the guardians accept that the contents of evening and prime time serials shown between 7-10 pm are indecent and obscene.

According to the survey, 76 per cent of the children aged between 4-8 years watch reality shows regularly. These shows, according to the guardians, inculcate bad behavior and disrespect in kids.

Another surprising fact, revealed by the survey, is that 56 per cent children aged between 4-6 years are showing a declining interest to play outdoors with friends. They prefer to stay inside and watch television.

JPN/Bureau