One of the greatest inhibitors of creative potential is television. According to Richard Zoglin, “except for school and family, no institution plays a bigger role in shaping the American child” than television. The average American child will watch 5,000 hours of television before first grade and will have watched a total of 19,000 hours by the time of high school graduation. The lifetime total for television viewing is nine years by the age of sixty-five. The average home today has the television on six hours and seventeen minutes a day!
The effect on the brain of watching television is staggering. Clement Walchshauser observes that “watching television produces highly altered brain wave states when people watch for a mere twenty minutes.” It puts the brain into a totally passive condition unaware of its surroundings and lessening the attention span.
Source: James P. Eckman, Biblical Ethics : Choosing Right in a World Gone Wrong, Biblical essentials series (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2004). 84.