|Our TV shortly before we killed it.|
There are many good reasons why we should all watch less TV (even no TV). Watching TV makes us sedentary, makes us want things we don't need, prevents us from living in the moment, and trains us to want constant entertainment (rather than active participation). It is capable of exposing our children (and ourselves) to violence, product marketing, inappropriate content, and oversimplified messages about life. I could go on, but there is actually just one main reason why I think we should all kill our TVs:
Watching TV steals our precious time. Time we could spend on other, more rewarding activities.
I don't know one single adult who doesn't wish for more hours in the day (at least on occasion). When you kill your TV you get more hours in your day. More time to read, cook, play games, have sex, make soap, sew, exercise, talk to a friend, sing with your kids, or look at the stars. Time for projects and conversations and many a good book.
|Kill Your TV and Cook|
|Kill Your TV and Read|
I don't own a TV but I do use my computer to watch TV shows on DVD every now and then. In the past six months I have checked out of the library the second season of Game of Thrones and the Deadwood series. And as much as I loved watching that whole season of GOT last week I was relieved when it was over so I could get all that evening time back. My kids occasionally watch a movie on DVD or a PBS kids' show that they can see online. There is no advertising, which is important to me. When the kids start expecting to see a show or movie I know we have gone too far and we dial it back.
My next post will be How To Kill Your TV. It is not as hard as you think! It can be done. I will lay out the steps for weaning yourself from the boob tube. And I promise it won't make your life no fun.