Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Turn Off TV Week

Why Turn off the TV?Television cuts into family time, harms our children's
ability to read and succeed in school, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles
and obesity. Here are just a few of the facts:
On average, children in the US will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours).
Forty percent of Americans frequently or always watch television during dinner.
As US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said at the Kick Off of TV-Turnoff Week 2001, "We are raising the most overweight generation of youngsters in American history...This week is about saving lives."
Just a couple of thoughts...

Okay, I think most of us can agree that less TV and more exercising or reading can be a good thing, but man, it is such a scapegoat. Saving lives? Really? Saving brain cells, sure. But some people are just going to be lazy, TV or no TV.

I also find it funny that it coincides with the first few days of sweeps. Wonder if it'll make a difference in ratings? Wonder if any TV station groups have considered a lawsuit.

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