A recent study found that children ages 2 to 5 average more than 32 hours of screen time a week.
32 hours... That's nearly an entire 40 hour work.
Is it just me or does that seem like a ton of time?
Please don't get me wrong, my little guy watches TV. Without the help of the Little Einsteins and their red rocket ship, I'm not sure dinner would get cooked most nights.
I am thankful that he will sit still for a half hour if I put on a show. I have figured what I can accomplish in a half hour block of time almost to the minute.
And, if I'm being honest, there have been days when he has watched way too much TV (like when I couldn't get my head out of the toilet last summer during my first trimester).
I totally understand that sometimes you just do the best you can.
But doesn't averaging over four hours a day seem a bit extreme? That is a huge chuck of their lives.
The article also says that kids age 6 to 11 average 28 hours of screen time a week. I find that pretty darn impressive considering that they are probably in school.
When are they going outside, reading a book, playing with friends, or coloring? When are they playing pretend or learning how to become adults?
The scariest thought of all is this quote the director of a director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:
"Once you start hooking babies on media, it's harder to limit it. If we start children early in life on a steady diet of screen time and electronic toys, they don't develop the resources to generate their own amusement, so they become dependent on screens."
It seems like we're doing these little bodies and mind a great disservice if we put them in front of a screen all the time.
I honestly hope it comes out that the study was flawed in some way and that the numbers aren't accurate.
I'm also inspired to make sure we keep the boob tube turned off a little more.