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How much TV is too much? For children? and for adults?

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Good question. I grew up in a house with no tv and to this day, although we have a physical television in the house, it's not plugged in to anything, so we still don't watch any! We do have dvds, both films and tv programmes, and my son watches tv programmes via YouTube so it's not a total tv black hole.....
But I think really it becomes too much when it starts to affect your behaviour. And that will vary from person to person.
I do not think that there is an answer to this question as it is a very personal thing.

Who is to say what is too much -your values and ideas might be quite different to mine.

So it is up to each individual to decide what is too much however if it does no harm I cannot see why there should be any time limits put on, especially for adults.

Children is a bit more tricky, but for adults, we are just that ADULTS -and so can make up our own minds.
by Finy
I think children and adults alike should be encouraged to lead a balanced life. I confess it is easier to sit in front of a TV and just wile away the hours; I am guilty of it myself.

Perhaps the question is not how much is too much but rather is there enough of other things in life - exercise, social interaction, family.

Having said that, there are times when TV, can be a comfort, perhaps to the ill or elderly who have little else to occupy their time.
I think in the last year we have greatly cut down on t.v.
I still use my computer for a lot of things e.g. watching maybe something on you tube.
I think children should watch maybe no more than say 2 hours a day.

Adults maybe 3 hours.
There is so much more to life, than sitting watching a box.
My 3 year old has only recently gotten to the stage where she will sit through a whole movie. I'll admit that there are days when she definitely watches what I would consider to be "too much" - mostly when I'm working. I try to stick to no more than one movie per day on a regular day for my 3 year old and my small toddler (18 months) doesn't really watch TV at all...he doesn't have the attention span! But he's happy to sit down and read a book with me.
If it's a really boring dreadful movie...then 15 mins is too much!
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