Families: Pulling The Plug On TV

A new survey finds lots of fringe benefits for those brave families who decide to turn off their sets

Six years ago, the O'Brien family of Dripping Springs, Texas, committed hara-kiri American-style: they unplugged their TV. Dennis O'Brien, a salesman, recalls zoning out on an NBA game when his toddler Colin invaded his Miller-time moment. "He looked at me, then he turned off the TV and said, 'Read me a book!' What was a father to do?"

Lots of things, according to a new survey released to TIME. After studying nearly 300 families nationwide who watch TV less than six hours a week, Barbara Brock, a recreation-management professor at Eastern Washington University, concluded that most want to rediscover a gem...

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