My Taiwan wife’s family is applying a very interesting experiment on a living child in Taipei. Not my wife’s kid, let me make this clear. The kid is basically raised by his grandma (mother too busy with shopping) and besides school and english school the kid is sitting the whole day in front of the TV watching (99% of the time) japanese cartoons - many hours a day. It was leading to very interesting medical results.
First, the kid is fat, had several eye operations and does hardly know where to find his shoes, if they are a few meters away from him. Since a few month, he is developing interesting nervous symptoms. His face muscles are suddendly moving in all kinds of directions, sometimes accompanied by strange noises. Questioning of the subject revealed, he is now trying to copycat 10 different cartoon characters, but all of the same time.
I cannot wait until they introduce “smell TV” here, will provide interesting results with the little subject.
As a therapy, I suggested “playing football” or anything away from the TV. “Not possible” the family repeats in chorus: kidnapping, traffic …
he be kidnapped or hit by 10 chars in 5 minutes.
I keep you updated, when he develops other symptoms.
Kinderpsychologe Dr. Pruegelpeitsch