Yet another reason not to turn the television on:
According to a new study, background TV that’s prevalent in many homes may be detrimental to children’s development – even when they aren’t paying attention. The constant stream of sounds and images disrupt children’s imaginary games with trucks or dolls, and hinder their ability to focus.
I used to have the TV on all day, on some all-news channel or other, just because. (I guess I thought I’d miss something otherwise – pfui.) Then we’d sit down at night flipping channels and complaining that there was never anything good on. So one day we snapped and cancelled our cable service. We don’t miss it. And we’re saving a ton of money…
So. If you’ve got young kids in the house and aren’t watching anything anyway, why have it on?