Turn off the TV
Television is a creamy filling that distracts us from the
substance of our lives.
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When you are in the
supermarket, do you buy something from each and every aisle? Of course
not. You go to aisles that have something you want and skip the aisles
that don’t have anything you need. But when it comes to watching
television, many of us seem to follow the buy-something-from-every-aisle
plan. If it’s Monday, we watch TV. If it’s Tuesday, we watch TV. If it’s
Wednesday, we watch TV. Too often we watch TV because that’s what we
usually do rather than because there is something we actually want to see.
Ask yourself when you are watching TV, "Is this something I want to see?
Would I ask that this program be made if it didn’t already
Psychologists have found some people who watch so much TV that
it actually inhibits their ability to carry on a conversation. In the
words of one psychologist, “TV robs our time and never gives it
Don’t turn on the TV just because it’s there and that’s what you
usually do. Turn it on only when there is something on that you want to
watch. Your newly liberated hours can be spent doing something with your
family or your friends or finding a rare quiet moment for yourself.
Without TV, you can do something actively fun instead of passively
■ ■ ■Watching too much TV
can triple our hunger for more possessions, while reducing our personal
contentment by about 5 percent for every hour a day we watch.