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Is sitting too close to the TV really bad for you?

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It may be antiquated now, but the old pearl of wisdom: “Don’t sit too close to the TV” was good advice in the 1960s. SciShow explains.

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The Claim: Sitting Too Close to the TV Is Bad for Your Eyes - The New York Times

It was more than 70 years ago that television sets first went on sale in the United States, and perhaps it was just as long ago that a cautious mother, noticing a son or daughter propped in front of that mesmerizing new invention, snapped and barked the words that generations of children would grow up hearing: "Don't sit so close; you'll ruin your eyesight!" Now, scientists can say with certainty that the age-old warning is outdated.

Does Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Ruin Your Eyesight? - LiveScience

The myth got its start in the late 1960s, when General Electric sold television sets that emitted levels of radiation as much as 100,000 times more than what federal health experts considered safe. To its credit, GE quickly recalled and repaired its hazardous TVs. But there was a danger even before GE's big blunder.


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