By dlacher on Aug 02, 2007
Maybe the wrong family or just the wrong time of the year. This last week our family had the pleasure of becoming a Nielsen Family. For the last seven days we were asked to track and record of TV viewing habits. Like I started with, we might be the wrong family or just at the wrong time of the year. During the summer, mainly the non TV season, we watch very little to no TV. I was informed that every family is important to Nielsen they need data from those that "live in front of the tv" and those that watch it occasionally. Well we fall someplace in there I guess. If they would have snagged us during the season there might have been a little bit more data... only a couple hours extra but never the less not a whole lot. We had a fun time filling out the data for them and we hope that it helps.
While we are on the subject of TV watching, I was having a conversation just yesterday that was very counter cultural. I was having a conversation about TV watching and mainly about the watching (or not) habits of our little girl (2). A few of the folks I was speaking with were shocked that she does not watch TV. Now true, at this point in her life she does not have a lot of control over this but we as parents do and opt to not sit her down in front of the TV for hours at a time. She does not what the TV is and has watched some, maybe about 30 minutes a week if that. That is right, not hours a day and not even 30 minutes a day. The times that she does watch TV it is something like Sesame Street or Vegi Tales, and during that time we are sitting there with her and interacting with what is going on or with each other. There are better things to be doing when we are gathered as a family... I totally know how to play with Mrs. Potato Head and feed and change baby dolls now, I have the best little teacher there is on that subject... and there is a specific way to do things :) It was not long ago that families did no how to interact without a TV being on an blaring in the background (or foreground) and kids did not how to play be themselves, together or with their parents. If that makes us counter culture, then count us in.
For what it's worth.