April 21: TV Turnoff Week

Next week is TV Turnoff Week! You are challenged to make it all week without the boob tube. For an excellent rundown, see Verda Vivo’s blog on Ten Ways to Unplug Yourself.

Now, come clean:

Poll: How much TV do you watch?



5 thoughts on “April 21: TV Turnoff Week

  1. Daryl Warner Laux says:

    Turning off your TV is not just a feel good thing. Your health and the health of your children is at risk.

    According to NY Times article “A One-Eyed Invader in the Bedroom”, dated 3/4/08, children with TVs in their bedroom:

    – Score lower on school tests
    – Are more likely to have sleep problems
    – Are more likely to be overweight
    – May have an increased risk of smoking
    – And, of course, watch more TV

    Dr. Aric Sigman, a noted British psychologist, (Guardian Unlimited article, dated, 4/24/07) believes children under three should not watch TV, and those between three and seven should be limited to watching 30 minutes to an hour a day. Letting young children watch as little as an hour and a half of television a day can impair a child’s linguistic and social development and put them at increased risk of health problems, including attention-deficit disorder, autism and obesity.

    Dr Sigman’s recommendations:

    · Children under 3: no screen exposure
    · Ages 3 to 7: 30 minutes to an hour a day
    · 7 to 12: One hour a day
    · 12 to 15: one and-a-half hours a day
    · 16 and over: two hours

    Love the poll, by the way.

  2. Cheap Like Me says:

    Although, arguably, there’s also quality vs. quantity. We strictly limited (i.e., avoided just about 100%) our daughter’s exposure to TV with commercials really until last year, and she is a big media critic now (she is now 7). When we drive past Liberty Tax Service with a person dressed as a statue of liberty, she’ll say “I don’t see how someone in a costume like that is supposed to mean they do better taxes!” She even criticizes a local “church of god” as having a redundant name. 😉

    And while she has watched plenty of TV/videos in her life, most of it is educational, and she can rattle off a zillion things she’s learned from TV (Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and Dorling Kindersley videos).

    We sometimes marvel at how fantastic it is to get to see things on TV — like the shows about orangutans that motivated her orangutan-conservation campaign — that we will probably never see in our lives, and could not grasp the same way from reading or even photographs.

    On the other hand there’s a lotta waste out there too!! And she does not and will not ever have a TV in her room … but she is one of the only children in her class who doesn’t.

  3. Ellen Moeller says:

    We have a TV but no TV access. We do Netflix for our movies and DVDs for the kids. Their favs are Dora and Kipper. While I am sucked in by TV when I’m out and about, it seems to have sooo many adds! blah!

  4. Melissa says:

    As usual, I’m on the “fluffier” side of your comments that you receive, but the only things I’ll be watching next week are the playoffs in both basketball and hockey. They’ve really captured my attention this year, and I won’t miss them.

    However, in regular life, I really don’t watch much TV, and I find it hard to commit to a series so I don’t spend a lot in front of the television. We do regularly watch movies though …

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