Living: TV as the New Fireplace

A survey says it is just a backdrop to family life

First the good news for the television industry: Americans spend more than half of their leisure time in front of the TV set, an average of almost three hours per person each day. Now the bad news: most people do not pay much attention to the tube, treating it like visual Muzak or a cozy fireplace for the family to gather round. According to the authors of Where Does the Time Go?, a survey on leisure released last week by United Media Enterprises, television...

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