I was going to say "no" but then I realized DS does have some exposure to TV. We live with my MIL & FIL and sometimes DS's cousins come over and turn on cartoons. DS doesn't seem to pay any attention. I don't ban TV in his presence but we never turn it on just for him, and don't have any videos for him. DH and I aren't big TV-watchers ourselves so we just don't think of it
. When he is older if it seems like he is getting drawn into the cartoons I will probably try to limit his exposure--suggest another activity, I guess, or just make it clear we don't find it acceptable--but for now I just let it go. Sometimes my MIL will have the golf channel on all day but the only risk there is a person might get bored to death :LOL .
My reasons for wanting to limit TV are several: (1) the research linking TV-viewing in children under 2 to a higher incidence of ADD by elementary age; (2) the intense, manipulative marketing that is designed to make a child feel like they can not live without a particular product (I don't think it is good for their self-esteem OR for the parent-child relationship for a child to be continuously primed to want things the parent is going to refuse to buy); (3) the "displacement" concept, that is the idea that time spent watching TV is time taken away from physical play, creative play, and so on, thereby stunting a child's physical and intellectual development; (4) the "attitude" and coarseness displayed by typical characters in children's cartoons/programming, and the way parent/teacher figures are shown as stupid and it is cool to be sneaky and get away with stuff; (5) the link between TV-watching and obesity. There's more but those are the highlights. The only even moderately persuasive counter-argument I've ever heard is how some quality programming can be educational because it shows things children wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to see, like nature or travel programs. That may be so, but I don't find that compelling enough in light of the various negatives.