From Pediatrics:

Although recent research has shown the negative consequences associated with background television, this study provides the first nationally representative estimates of that exposure. The amount of exposure for the average child is startling. This study offers practitioners potential pathways to reduce exposure.

Is anyone really surprised about this?  (And does it count double if one TV plays 6 hours of Ryder Cup Golf while another TV plays 9 hours of NFL football, which was the case in my house last Sunday!)

Michelle Healy at USA Today has a recommendation:

To reduce background TV exposure, the study recommends turning off the TV when no one is watching and at key points during a child’s day, such as bedtime and mealtime.

Not a bad idea.

Pediatrics abstract here:

USA Today article here: