News Baby Dumbfuck
posted by August 7 at 12:32 PMon
That’s unfair, I guess. It’s dumbfuck parents that are to blame. New research shows that plopping your very young children in front of a television—even if you’re showing “educational” or “developmental” videos—makes your kid dumber, not smarter.
Parents hoping to raise baby Einsteins by using infant educational videos are actually creating baby Homer Simpsons, according to a new study released today.
For every hour a day that babies 8 to 16 months old were shown such popular series as “Brainy Baby” or “Baby Einstein,” they knew six to eight fewer words than other children, the study found. Parents aiming to put their babies on the fast track, even if they are still working on walking, each year buy hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of the videos.
Unfortunately it’s all money down the tubes, according to Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The company maintains that the videos are so educational, so long as parents watch ‘em with their kids. Which parents don’t do, of course, because the videos are crushingly dull. Says Dr. Christakis…
“I would rather babies watch ‘American Idol’ than these videos,” Christakis said, explaining that there is at least a chance their parents would watch with them — which does have developmental benefits.