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May 2-8 is National Screen Free Week. That can be a little like cutting off your right hand if you’re addicted. We’re not talking about work-related screens, but all that other media you can no longer do without. Check out these statistics:

• Hours per day television is on in an average American home - 7 hours 12 minutes

• Percentage that regularly watch television while eating dinner - 66

• Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV - 49

• Minutes per week the average American child ages 2-11 watches television - 1,680

• Minutes per week parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children - 38.5.

• Percentage of children ages 2-5 who have a TV in their bedroom - 36

• Percentage of day care centers who use TV during a typical day - 70

• Percentage of parents who would like to limit their children’s TV viewing - 73

• Percentage of 4-6 year olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, chose TV - 54

• Hours per week of TV watching shown to negatively affect academic achievement - 10 or more

• Hours per year the average American child watches TV - 1,500

• Hours per year the average American child spends in school - 900

• Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average child - 20,000

• Number of ads aired for “junk food” during four hours of Saturday morning cartoons 202

• Screen time for children under 3 is linked to irregular sleep patterns.

• Screen time can be habit-forming: the more time children engage with screens, the harder time they have turning them off as they become older children.

• For young children, interactive books, or “e-books,” have been linked to lower levels of story understanding and may hinder aspects of emergent literacy.

• The more time preschool children spend with screens, the less time they spend engaged in creative play (the foundation of learning), constructive problem solving, and creativity. Screen time for children under 3 is linked to delayed language acquisition.

You’re kidding yourself if you think nobody in your family pays attention to the TV that’s “just on”. A part of the media connection includes the ever-present cell phone. I watched a mother in the grocery store chatting away while facing her toddler in the cart. She was talking not to the child but to some anonymous person unseen by those in her presence. How do you feel in about 10 years when the situation is reversed? What is your choice today?