"Does TV rot your brain? Psychologists have been wrestling with that old parental refrain pretty much since the televison was invented. Most of the research so far has been inconclusive.
One economist has found, however, that TV definitely rots 'social capital' - one of the latest buzzwords in politics and economics that's supposed to describe the social interaction, trust, and cohesiveness that functioning societies like the US have and war-torn societies like Sudan desperately need.
In a study of 600 remote Indonesian villages, the report finds that those villages that got better TV reception (and watched more TV) had considerably lower participation in group events, less community trust, and lower attendance in community meetings:"
Thursday, July 20, 2006