Sir, When Andy Serrano writes (Letters, August 10) that “when the Nielsen ratings reported that Americans were spending approximately five hours a day passively in front of their televisions, academics were not crying and tearing out their hair over the antisocial aspects of television watching”, he exhibits another unfortunate consequence of his membership of the internet generation. If Google can’t find it, it didn’t happen. Visit a decent library, read a few academic papers that predate the world wide web and you will find anguished studies of the antisocial aspects of television watching. They probably said the same thing when books appeared.

Michael Kenward

Haywards Heath, W Sussex, UK

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