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Tuesday, January 29 2002

TV stats and effects

Children spend 28 hours a week watching television and the overall population figure is 26 hours, according to media study claims. The 26-hour-a-week average adds up to more time in front of television than at work, over a lifetime, factoring in weekends, holidays, vacations, pre-employed and retirement years, we are told.

More homes have televisions than telephones (a claim I can embrace from two angles: our family bought a television years before we had a party-line telephone when I was a child, and even now if I didn't need the modem for my Internet connection, I'd be happy to throw out the bar-toothed telephone). Why wouldn't most people rather have a television than a telephone; at least the dunning from advertisers on TV is accompanied with some entertainment. I've never had an entertaining phone solicitation call (and that's most of the calls I get), but some of the commercials on television, like the Honey Rice Chex cereal (about the brothers: "car keys/cartoons; six-foot-three/three-foot-six") and many of the Volkswagen commercials are better than some of the shows they sponsor.

Though I'm not a "big" television viewer (and who admits to being that?) my house has four sets: living room, kitchen, my room, my son's room. And the one in my room can be watched from the master bathroom. Those same studies report that 54 percent of American children have TV sets in their bedrooms. (My son is 27 and did not have a TV in his room when growing up, nor did he and his siblings show symptoms of TV addiction while growing up, spending most of their free time in those years outside, playing together and/or with friends). Nor was I a strong disciplinarian about TV and in fact used it as a "babysitter" sometimes (while I was working in other parts of the house) and also spent much of my "quality time" with them in front of the TV. We always watched what was most interesting to them in their formative years, not the shows I'd have chosen if I'd been watching alone.

They grew up with the Cosby Show, and a little later the less benign but still acceptable (in my opinion) Roseanne, and many less-memorable but okay shows like Full House, Growing Pains, and many others. But I despair for my grandchildren, there being almost nothing on the major networks that I consider worth viewing for my own entertainment, much less edifying or appropriate for their entertainment. (When they're at my house, by their own choice, they ususally watch non-major-network shows, on Nickelodian, Disney, and the Family Channel, which is some comfort. By the same token, I usually tune into PAX TV which is mostly family friendly, and the Hallmark Channel, though it seems to have been replaced, recently, by yet another shopping network in my cable area.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Kids' views on marriage

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if
you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.


—Alan, age 10


No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.

—Kirsten, age 10

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

What do people mean when they say, "I am not afraid of
God because I know He is good?" Have they never even
been to a dentist?

—C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Sent by Michael Masterson

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