Top 10 Reasons To Turn Off Your TV: A Review

Day 2 of my one week with no television.  It’s quiet.  Seems like a good time to talk about this great list I found on About.com

Top 10 Reasons to Turn Off your TV (by Mark Stibich, Ph.D) …. let’s discuss!

1. Television Eats Your Time – duh!
2. Television Makes You Stressed – people are stressed about not getting stuff done so then they watch TV because they are stressed and then even less gets done.  Sometimes, I just feel too tired to actually DO anything else.  A wise friend once said, if you are really that tired, go to bed.  Makes sense.
3. Television Makes You Overweight – apparently people eat between 31 and 74 percent more calories while watching TV.
4. Television Makes You Uninteresting –   I feel more interesting when I think about and write about stuff other than TV but some TV is pretty cool and fun.  (zombies, multiple universes, and vampires for example)  And I sometimes learn some wise things from my imaginary friends (usually the human ones).
5. Television Ruins Your Relationships – or possibly prevents you from having any.  But I do bond with some peeps around TV (hey BFF!) so I could lose friends if I stop watching TV completely.
6. Television is Not Relaxation – apparently the stimuli you are receiving from TV keeps your brain working which does not count as relaxing.  And by relaxing, they mean meditation!  Ah ha!
7. Television Loses Opportunities – “Watching TV isolates you. Nothing is going to change in your world if you are watching TV.”  This is my favorite one.  I might post it on my fridge.
8. Television is Addictive – “If the idea of giving up TV for a week is horrifying, you may be addicted to television.”  Hmmmm…..
9. Television Makes You Buy Things – personally, the internet makes me want to buy things.
10. Television Costs Money – which is why we love Hulu!!!  Spoken like a true addict.  Not that I would get rid of my cable or my TiVo in a million years.  This is just one week people!

There really are some good points in this article.  Thanks Mark, for giving me the strength to get through Day 2 and carry on to Day 3.

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