The Idiot Box: How TV Is Turning Us All Into ZombiesSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:46
By Frederik Joelving
(Reuters Health) - That clamor in the background? It's probably the TV, and it might be taking a toll on your toddler's development, researchers say.
According to the first national estimate of background television exposure, children in the U.S. spend nearly as much time around a switched-on television as they do in school.
Between the age of eight months and eight years, kids spend an average of 232 minutes a day with the TV droning on in the background, researchers found. Add to that the 80 minutes of active watching that previous studies have found, and you land at just over five hours of daily interaction with the electronic babysitter.
Television re-wires your mind and alters your consciousness; Studies find that children’s brains are not developing properly