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A study in the February 1, 2006 issue of Pediatrics
co-authored by CMCH researcher Dr. David Bickham
suggests that true to popular belief, television is cutting into the time children would have spent on other activities.
Their study of over 1,700 children who kept diaries of their time showed that the more time kids spent with media, the less time they spent doing homework or interacting with parents or siblings.
However, the study found no evidence that television takes away time from reading or from engaging in active play.