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 remember a self expert on this subject (children, not Autism), said I was bad because of too much soft drink, and if I was drinking less high sugar drinks, with unnatural additives, then I would act better in the future. I do not think it could cause Autism, but might be less helpful on your eyesight? More so the old CRT, and  of course working long hours in front of computer screens. But I am not a expert on that, so that just guess work. 

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