Home Health Parents News Now Effects of 'Secondhand TV' Examined in New Study Effects of 'Secondhand TV' Examined in New Study By Holly Lebowitz Rossi October 02, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_111561983 29922 According to a nationwide study, a much bigger proportion of kids' TV exposure comes indirectly, from television that's on in the background while they're doing other activities. The average child between the ages of 8 months and 8 years absorbs nearly four hours of this so-called background or "secondhand" TV each day, the study found. And this indirect exposure, by detracting from play, homework, and family time, may have possible consequences for kids' well-being. This is the first study to quantify background television in children, and the high number is "surprising," says lead author Matthew Lapierre, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "From a research perspective, I would be very concerned," Lapierre says. "I think (background TV) is something that researchers need to spend more attention to, to understand and unpack." Image: Baby watching television, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Effects of 'Secondhand TV' Examined in New Study Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.