TV Has a Negative Effect On Parent-child Interactions (Even when you aren’t watching it). A new study looks for the first time at the effect of background TV on interactions between parents and young children. Using an experimental design, researchers found that when a TV was on, both the quantity and quality of interactions between parents and children dropped. This study challenges the common assumption that background TV doesn’t affect very young children if they don’t look at the screen.
This seems like a no brainer to me, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who are tied to having the TV on all of the time who would disagree.
Can you cut the cord between you and your TV for a week? Your kids will thank you for it.