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According to new findings released by Nielsen, kids ages 2 to 5 watch television for more than 32 hours a week on average (6- to 11-year old watch more than 28 hours' worth!).
Wow, I'm a friend of TV and not even remotely an advocate for television-free parenting, and I find this pretty shocking.
The new findings are based on the last quarter of 2008 and take into account children's live and recorded TV, as well as VCR and game console usage (hmm, I wonder can they actually tell if the child watched the recorded TV shows; lots of people DVR shows they never watch...).
When adding up the hours of my boys' TV consumption — even putting down some heavy-handed calculations — I can't come close to this many hours per week. It probably helps that they both go to school a good portion of the day, but still...
I guess I better start adding it up in real time. Maybe I'd be surprised how much time slips by that they're parked in front of the boob tube.
What do you think? Based on your kids or the kids you know, do you buy this new data? Are kids really watching this much television a week?