This study is strange. But plausible.
Today, Cornell University researchers are reporting
what appears to be a statistically significant relationship between
autism rates and television watching by children under the age of 3.
The researchers studied autism incidence in California, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, and Washington state. They found that as cable television
became common in California and Pennsylvania beginning around 1980,
childhood autism rose more in the counties that had cable than in the
counties that did not. They further found that in all the Western
states, the more time toddlers spent in front of the television, the
more likely they were to exhibit symptoms of autism disorders.