|Posted on 20 March, 2014 at 20:30|
Turn off your TV!
This is I must admit - my pet peeve!
TV is a complete waste of time, energy & simply your life. You are literally watching someone else fufull their dreams whilst you windle away hours of your own life.
Lets take a look at what you are exposing yourself to. Lets face it the majority of entertainment (used very lightly I must say) is repeats, imported b grade rubbish or DIY everything. News is thrown at you in bucket loads, there may be the odd educational show on some of the less commercial channels that could be worth a portion of your valuable time. But on the whole is it really worth it?
Have any of you heard the song by iconic band Skyhooks - Horror Movie? The lyrics go something like this
Horror movie right there no my TV, Horror movie right there on my TV, Horror movie right there on my TV, shocking me right out of my brain.. it's the 6.30 news.
I truly believe we must all be informed about society and what takes place, but with TV you are simply bombarded with negativity constantly. Sitting there flicking from one channel to the next viewing the same awful images.
Before we had TV and satellites you would only know about what was happening in your own community, your own little village. News of a disaster may get to the village once a year via merchants selling their wares. Now it is every single day, there is even a 24 hour news channel that you can stock up on all of the sadness, mishaps and disasters at any given moment. We now know what is going on in every single country at any given moment. It is impossible for the human brain to function in a healthy manner with that much negativity being thrown at it daily.
Research from Dr Aric Sigman states in Remotely Controlled - Common effects of both TV viewing and Pyschosurgery include:
- Reduction in critical thinking
- Less Motivation
- Less Creativity and Perserverance in problem solving
- Greater separation of thought from emotion, making human behaviour more conformist.
Harvard Researchers have also concluded that there should be a recommended daily allowance (exposure)
- Children under 3 should see no screen entertainment
- After this age, TV viewing of good quality programming should be limited to 1 hour per day
- Teenagers should be limited to 1.5 hours per day
- And for us Adults a mere 2 hours per day. (More than enough time to catch up on world events & find comedy for a bit of light relief.)
Australians spend one month a year sitting watching TV
Australian adults spend on average four hours per day doing sedentary leisure activities such as watching TV compared with only half an hour of physical activity, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
Dr Paul Jelfs, from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, said the 2011 - 12 data reveals a tendency for high levels of sedentary behaviour across the adult population.
"Australian adults spent an average of 13 hours a week watching TV. While males and females spent a similar number of hours sitting to watch TV, males spent around 45 mnutes more per week using the computer (5.5 compared to 4.8 hours) and 40 minutes playing electronic games (one hour compared to 18 minutes)" Dr Jelfs said.
"It all adds up, with men and women spending over two months of each year on sedentary leisure activities (65 days for men and 61 days for women per year) including public transport.
Source - Statistics are from ABS 19.7.2013
If you are to find your true purpose in life you will need to limit your exposure to the "idiot box" that takes up so much room in your living area.
Look for alternatives, use your time wisely it silps by very fast. Seek out like minded people through the internet, local sporting clubs or like me make a choice, you decide what you would like in your mind.. not the little (or these days) big black box making those choices for you!
As a wise man once said...
Make it a goal to have a home library!