Television: the new parent for our children.

Bar graph illustrating the increase in the number of televisions per household from 1975 to 2010. In 1970, almost all households had one television. In 2010, a strong majority of households have 3 or more televisions.

(photo compliments of

While lounging on the beach at Ocean City, MD, a woman vacationing with her family mentioned she had been on the beach every day while her husband and two sons spent the time inside the water-front hotel room on the boardwalk (a premium location) playing video games and sleeping.

Anyone else find that odd?

You pay for a room for a week in a city with dozens upon dozens of awesome outdoor activities, and the family stays inside, absorbed in screens?

On a similar note, does anyone find it the slightest bit odd that living/family rooms are designed around the television?

What happened to days of talking, board games, crafts, reading? It seems out-dated, but what about the days when a family or neighborhood of ladies gathered and chatted while sewing, crocheting, cooking, whatever? Here, women of all ages learned from one another, came together to cooperate and share experiences and knowledge. I’m told (very scientific, of course) that I was a well-developed and mature child (and now adult) because I was able to spend so much time with adults, and I absorbed much guidance and education from the sheer experience of being exposed to adult behavior and conversation.

Anyone else have stories or thoughts on this? I’m trying to wrap my head around this dependence on screens, and ways to prevent it when I start my own family.



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