Monday, July 1, 2013

Why You Should Kill Your TV

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
When kids are watching TV they are not doing the following: running, jumping, playing, building, creating, drawing, and dreaming. TV prevents boredom and that is actually a bad thing. Boredom inspires creativity and productivity in all of us. I mean, who is going to run outside and build a vegetable garden out of old pallets when you could be watching Game of Thrones? I didn't! 
Kill Your TV and Dress Up Like a Unicorn
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.

10 comments:

  1. My favorite ideas: 1.Have sex and 2. dress up like a unicorn!! :)

    We limit tv time for the kids, but this is good food for thought.

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    1. Thanks. Brother called that particular costume "Horrible Unicorn". It was awesome.

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  2. Big Sister looks so much like you in the pictures above! We LOVE not having our TV!!

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    1. You think so? I look at all three of them and just see their daddy. :)

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  3. We don't have real TV either, but we do watch a buttload of movies and Finn is a hardcore gamer. We love it all, but, MAN, we do love our unplugged Sundays. SO MUCH fun! We play cards and cook and swim and bike and make shit. I sometimes dream of killing it while the boys are out then pretending it was stolen. HAHAHAH. No, I would never do that to Finn as gaming is his passion, but we do live a varied and interesting life despite that box of fun.

    Dress up like a unicorn...my next blog name for sure!

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    1. Unplugged Sundays sounds like a great idea. Very cool!

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  4. When we moved (2 years ago) I took it as an opportunity to kill cable. We do have Netflix, but the kids don't like much of what's on it, so they're watching MUCH less. When we do watch TV, it's purposeful and there are no ads. I rarely watch anything just because of what you've written here--no time when there's so much other fun to be had!

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  5. I don't like the idea of television, but it is the only way I have found that dinner gets on the table. We don't do commercials and don't have cable, so it's netflix for PBS Kids shows. But I really don't know how I can cook dinner without it.

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    1. I hear ya. Limited, commercial-free TV for a specific purpose is okay in my book. It can be a helpful tool when used correctly, you know?

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