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Too much media--television especially--can be an isolating experience. Get it under control

No cultural phenomenon has been more studied and worried over than the effect of television on children. Parents wring their hands over content. Media watchdogs make careers launching competing studies. But while the grownups present position papers, guess what the kids are doing? They're alone in their bedroom, watching television. According to a major study measuring the media consumption of 3,000 kids, ages two to 18, released last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the typical American kid spends about 5 1/2 hours a day "consuming" media (computers and music, but mainly TV) at home. For kids eight and older, the...

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