Wallpaper TV

“Wallpaper TV,” or how I’ve  described a television that is turned on in the background, made news earlier this month when new data was published by Pediatrics:  children are exposed to four hours of indirect television “in a typical day.”

That statistic is so sad, because it’s an environmental influence parents can totally control.

For years, early childhood educators have cautioned against simply “leaving the TV on in the background.”  This research documents that  media which creeps into a child’s life is not only is a distraction, but also reduces human interaction.

I have no data to substantiate my assertion that a combination of this type of background media exposure, combined with environmental and genetic factors, will someday be shown as reasons for the ever-increasing number of children diagnosed with attention disorders.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/09/26/peds.2011-2581.abstract

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