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Time to Turn Off Those TV's!

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  • TV is like everything else--it should be used wisely.

    It is not an evil entity hungry to make you fat, stupid and lazy.

    To say TV is bad is like saying reading is bad--it's sedentary, it's isolating, it's bad for your eyes, etc...
  • I don't have a TV. I do have Netflix that I can watch on my computer, but it's been 2 weeks since I've even signed into my account! Now that they're raising prices I may get rid of that as well.

    My Gold's gym has cardio machines with individual TV's. I find if there's a show I really want to watch this can be a great motivation to workout.
  • I could live without TV. Occasionally I watch the Food Network while riding stationary bike, but I am not so fond of it anymore since everything has to be done in a big hurry.
    I prefer to read a book.
  • I couldn't do it there are some show I just have to watch (Nova on PBS and Coronation Street on CBC).
  • When I was in college I would come home from classes and veg infront of the tv for hours. If I missed a show I wanted to see I would tay up until 3 am to watch the rerun. Then when I graduated and moved in with my boyfriend, who grew up without cable, I couldn't afford to pay for it so we spent our first 2 months without tv. The first few weeks drove me crazy! I spent more money on renting movies that I probably would have on cable. After a while I started to find other ways to fill my time. Now that we do have cable we maybe watch 3 hours a week.
  • Statistics like this make me glad we don't have cable. And even glad that our digital tuner is broken, so our previous NBC and PBS aren't available. I'm afraid that I -- and my kids -- would be among those sitting on the couch for hours if it was in front of us. They've never had it and don't miss it. (And I don't miss the "gimmies" that all the toy commercials can produce.) Certainly there are shows worth watching. And there are certainly shows that are entertaining. But nothing that is as real as your own life, and very little worth spending precious time of your own life to witness. Weaning yourself from the TV is really an amazing thing.
  • I have discovered I am a rare breed, I do not watch TV. I OWN a TV & it gets turned on for 3 things: 1. New Years Eve to watch the ball drop 2. to watch DVD movies (on a rare occasion) & 3. I watch a DVD episode of CSI while working out on my elliptical trainer.
    So I wanted to share some things that I get done with the extra time:
    1. if you must watch, put your treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike in front of the tube & be a little more active. Or do sit ups, push ups, dips or other excersise during commercial breaks.
    2. That laundry pile that is stinking up the corner of the bedroom.
    3. Walk my dog
    4. Clean a bedroom or bathroom
    5. Pay the bills (it has to be done, might as well do it in a more relaxed environment!)
    6. Make a clothes line to hang the laundry & save money & electric
    7. Make tomato sauce from the tomatoes from my garden
    8. Pull weeds in the garden
    9. Go for a bike ride
    10. Call a friend I have not talked to in awhile.
    11. Give the dog a bath!
    12. List some items on ebay
    13. Read a chapter in a good book
    14. Make lunch for the next day at work (or for the kids if you have them!)
    15. Check the weather for the next day & prepare what I am going to wear for the day.

    So many things to do instead of TV, plus think of all the money you could save on your cable bill?!
  • I absolutely hate TV! I was brought up in a household without a TV, and although we have one now, it remains in the basement and is used only on rare occasions. TV is a great time-waster, and much of the regular programming is ridiculous. Historical or educational programming may be worthwhile, but the commercials are inane and tiresome. It's better for one's mind to read a book or magazine, or do something really productive or creative. I pity children who are brought up in front of a TV. As a teacher, I often saw the results of that.
  • Our family believes in sitting down together for dinner every night - at the dinner table, with no TV.

    We own a single TV set which gets almost all of its use as a screen for the DVD player for when we want to watch the occasional movie, and a screen for the kids' game machine. We don't normally watch broadcast TV and do not subscribe to cable.
  • TV is my #1 food trigger, and it's best that I control it very carefully.

    I watch exactly three shows. On my computer (using Hulu)

    1) The Biggest Loser
    2) The Office
    3) Glee

    Don't even have cable TV and broadcast doesn't work here.

    Even so, I frequently find myself wanting to snack while watching. If the urge gets too strong I mark the time, stop the show, and come back to watch the rest another day.
  • DOINFINE
    Guilty as charged on watching while eating. I have a plan to eat 1/2 hour earlier so that I don't miss the news but still enjoy my meal, and only my meal. Thanks for a great article!
  • BIBLECHICK
    We are living proof--you don't need a TV.
  • Our family are very odd birds; we do have a television set, but we do not have reception and we do not have cable or satellite - so the only thing we use the television for is watching movies (or exercise dvds). Whenever we say we don't watch television people can't believe it - does it make a difference - don't know but if we had cable I think it would limit the time we spend together as a family even more and we are already dancing as fast as we can. You can survive without television (now high speed internet may be another thing).
  • We have more than one tv - the second one is in my exercise room, used exclusively for DVDs, so that there's never any issue about when I can work out . I spend far more time with that one than the one up top. TVs are not themselves the problem - it's how we CHOOSE to use them that's the issue.
  • SWINGKITTEN
    Television has been operating in Australia for 52 years we are yet to see any warnings on television or by governments of this dangerous condition. Where are the warnings? Is there something sinister we don't know about.? ADHD has been around before the introduction of television, They had other definitions in the old days. How many people will it cure if we turn of our televisions for a week?

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