We usually do not get home until almost eight most weeknights if not after and we still have to have dinner. We do eat in front of the tv but if you have self control... Most of the time it is usually noggin, sports or if we can actually hear it while the dog is barking and the little one is playing/crying/laughing/yelling the occasional sit-com. Thank goodness for TiVo!
We assign tasks to different days - eg monday is music day, tuesday is reading day. It doesn't mean that there is no TV watching but it does remind the family to do more together rather than staring at a screen.
These are great tips for reducing t.v time! We do not watch t.v during dinner time, ever. Our kids know that ,and have never taken issue with it. I read somewhere that the average 70 yr. old American will have spent 10 YEARS of their life watching T.V ! That is staggering ! I don't want to be that person.
I really didn't think I watched that much TV. I usually do needlework while my husband watches which keeps my hands out of the snacks. But - I could be more active. I'm going to try to get up and walk up and down the stairs during every commercial!
8/19/2008 5:48:49 AM
this was a good artilce. It made me realize how much televison I watch.
I've been wanting to do this since I first heard about a few years back, but I've been to resistant to change my ways. But this time I'm committed I know it may be a little hard in the first few days but I'm committed to trying something different!
I'm glad I read this article. I wast way to much time in front of the tv. I'll watch tv even if there's nothing on for me to watch. I wish I could get rid of all my tv's but I think my husband would go into convulsions at the thought.
4/21/2008 2:48:20 PM
I've been toying with the idea of disconnecting our cable because as soon as I'm home from work I'm planted firmly in front of it. On the weekends its so nice to get up and just do stuff around the house without the tv on...but as soon as it comes on, my energy seems to leave me...
Sorry. We have 1 tv and I watch 2-4 hours of tv a week, if I manage to catch one of the 4 shows I watch regularly. Usually, I just rent the dvd for something like Dr. Who. Not every American is addicted to tv. We went for 10 years without tv service when we moved to a rural community. I luxuriate in being able to watch when I want.
I disconnected my cable about 4 years ago when I lived in Vegas and was amazed at how much extra time I had. Then when I moved to Oregon and stayed with a friend who had TV I got sucked back into watching certain shows. Once I got my own place I had it disconnected after about six months because I couldn't see the point of scheduling time around the TV anymore. We just use it to watch movies now.
I was so excited for new episodes of Lost and The Office and Grey's Anatomy and American Idol and... Then I realized that the list goes on far too long. While I love those shows, I think perhaps it's time to curtail my "favorites" to only a few, rather than a week's worth of viewing. I think it's important to experience MY life, rather than the ones portrayed on TV.
My TV watching consists of the local news and a couple of occasional HGTV shows. I also watch American Idol. The rest of the time the tv is turned off. I so enjoy being able to listen to the birds, the movement of the trees and the wind chimes when there's a breeze.
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