I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.
However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.
I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.