We can live without TV

It seems that we may live without watching TV. I read an interesting article about a couple who decided to live without TV. They made this decision over 10 years ago and maintained it until this day.

Over 10 years ago, my wife and I decided to out TV from our lives. We are not television snobs, far from teetotalers, and believe that many aspects of life can be enjoyed in moderation. But television had become something of a negative for us, and we wondered what our lives would be like if we tried giving it up for a short period and then see what happened. We did, choosing the period of Lent in 1995, and that short period continues to this day.

Living Without Television

We use TV for two main reasons:

  • information;
  • entertainment;

Informational use of TV isn’t always a wise option. It isn’t an accurate source of information. Situation get worse if we rely only on this source of information without backing it up with other sources (newspapers, magazines, books, Internet, etc.). When so many watch TV so much, how can it be possible:

To take one example, consider some recent poll data. Forty-seven per cent of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein helped plan 9/11 and 44 per cent believed that the hijackers were Iraqi; 61 per cent thought that Saddam had been a serious threat to the U.S., and 76 per cent said the Iraqis are now better off. None of this is true, but it is understandable when so many in the electorate depend on television to be informed.

Using TV to entertain yourself seem to fail. Many people report that after they watch TV for a long time, they feel no more happier but more tired, and feel sorry that they have spent so much time watching TV.

Reasons to live without TV:

  • become more productive;
  • gain a lot of time for more constructive activities (reading, exercising, socializing, etc.);
  • friends and family relationships become more close and gratifying;
  • healthier eyes, the radiations that tube produce may hurt our eyes (if you don’t have plasma), distance must be at least 2,2 m;
  • TV may be manipulative;

Alternatives:

  • VCR;
  • PC & Internet;
  • Reading or even writing a book;
  • Family evening games;
  • Exercising;
  • Developing hobbies;
  • Cooking;