Years ago I read that children should be kept at least two feet from the television because of harmful electronic emissions. Is this still relevant? Is there a difference regarding this between older and new flat-screen models? – Horst E. Mehring, Oconomowoc, WI
Luckily for many of us and our kids, sitting “too” close to the TV isnt known to cause any human health issues. This myth prevails because back in the 1960s General Electric sold some new-fangled color TV sets that emitted excessive amounts of radiation-as much as 100,000 times more than federal health officials considered safe. GE quickly recalled and repaired the faulty TVs, but the stigma lingers to this day.
This week Ive formed a pretty strong decision. I hate television. I hate the way people arrange the furniture in their houses in a circle around it, making it the dominant focus. I hate the fact that the average home has more television sets than people. I hate the way people get so used to watching advertisements, they forget theyre hearing unfounded, biased drivel. I hate the way parents use TV to baby-sit their children, and that children arent playing outside and using their imaginations as a direct result.