Archive for July 24th, 2011

watching tv

We all know that statistics should always be taken with a grain of salt. But what do we think about these breathtaking figures from TV-Free America?

  • Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
  • Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 3.5
  • Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680

Of course I do not know whether these numbers are remotely correct. Neither do I want to tell anyone how to spend their leisure time. But for me, watching four hours of TV every day sounds just incredible. Also, with regard to children I would love to see more people studying what James Heckman has found about the education of kids.

If you like, you can also watch an interesting presentation by Professor Heckman given in 2008 at the University of Mannheim.

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