Watching tv when growing up and autism

There is some contentious stuff out there about high levels of tv watching increasing the chances of a child becoming autistic. What if however children with autism/autism traits are more likely anyway to watch tv. I don't know if that is true, I'm just throwing it out there for debate.
Possibly more time stuck in front of the box would mean less time engaged in imaginative play.
I was a toddler in the late 50s/early 60s and apparently watched a lot of television. Nowadays a toddler watching lots of tv or videos would not be that unusual, but I'm not sure it was the case back in the late 50s/early 60s .

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  • I think it's just that - contentious.  To be honest, I think it's another nonsense.  I spent a lot of time watching TV as a kid in the '60s - though probably not as much time as kids now spend engaged with gadgets.  I was always engaging in imaginative play, though.  In fact, I'd say the programmes I was watching - as well as children's stuff like Batman, adult stuff like The Prisoner, The Avengers, Z Cars, etc - all served to feed my imagination.  They still do... even though I haven't had a TV for about 14 years!  But now I have the internet!