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Screen Free Week 2013 is next week April 29 through May 5. Here are some of the benefits our family has enjoyed by going almost TV free.
5 Benefits of Going TV Free
1 As I’ve been striving to live more simply and reduce my ties to our consumer culture, I’ve realized that television is just another form of consumption.
It is like the plastic toys with flashy lights and sounds that don’t require kids to do any more than push a button for instant gratification. They don’t get to use their imagination or move their body. The fun quickly fades and leaves them bored and looking for the next thing to entertain them.
2 Turning off the TV can help us get back in touch with reality.
Being fed a constant diet of the monoculture portrayed on TV leaves us desensitized to real relationships. Are all husbands dopey and unhelpful? Are all wives nagging and overly sensitive? Are all kids shuffled off screen as an inconvenience? I don’t know about you but that’s not the reality I know.
Turning off the TV has allowed me to refocus on the real values of our family. Watching TV can easily allow things inconsistent with those values to slip into your home.
3 No not everything on TV is bad. Television has the potential to inspire and entertain. For the most part though TV is the equivalent of eating Doritos. We think we enjoy it, we can’t settle for just one, and in the end it’s really just junk. (I recently learned that lesson about both TV and Doritos.)
Take back control of what comes into your home. Whenever I do watch live TV now, I am honestly shocked at the content that I previously allowed in my home. It is amazing how desensitized I was to it and what I convinced myself was acceptable.
4 Enjoy the quiet. Hear yourself think. Hear your family speak.
It wasn’t until I stopped leaving the TV on constantly for background noise that I realized just how much it was cluttering my thoughts.
5 Watching less TV can give you the opportunity to pursue your passions. The average American watches four hours and 39 minutes of television every single day. Just imagine if you spent that much time writing the novel you’ve always dreamed of or working on your big business idea?
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