How to Stop Watching TV
Question to Ask
Ask yourself a question: How many hours do you spend watching TV on an average week? Are you ready for an answer? Wait, add morning news and weather forecast. Are you ready now?
According to Entertainment Industry Market Statistics (2010), the average American spent 1,962 hours ( 81 day) watching TV in 2010.
Of course, I know exactly what you are going to say: "I am not an average American". Probably, you are right. At the same time, however, hours do add up pretty quickly.
You see, TV will not show you 15 Cancer Cure documentaries that I gathered on this website. Yes, Cancer is curable, but it is a business for pharmaceutical companies. The same like they will not show you that you can Cure Shingles with free herb - Mountain Laurel - that grows around. You see, TV makes money, so they show you commercials and there is no money to be made from free grass that cures shingles :) I you starting to understand ?
I encourage you to make an experiment and write down the amount of hours of watching TV on a weekly basis . Watching TV is a living in the imaginary world and being apart from reality. It is an escape mode for me when I do not want to think about anything.
Children Brainwashing is huge on TV. They don't cover topics like that there is poison in your toothpaste or about aspartame chemical in your coke.
You may want to learn what Hollywood is - it is from Holly Tree (Wood) - magic wand to put you in the states of hypnoses and sleep.
It is much “safer” to sit at home and experience life through TV :) of course it is.
While having a potential to be used for some educational programs, television is rather a waste of time.
Unfortunately, it makes us being less aware of things that do matter in our lives. Furthermore, it makes us concentrate on things that are completely pointless. For example you will not her such a commercial on TV- brainwashing box :
" Are you craving for a chemical that eats holes in your brain? Is your life boring and you are in need of a death from a sudden heart attack ? Do you like spending money on fixing cavities in you mouth and would love to join the growing number of people with cardiovascular diseases? If this is sounds like you then - get your energy drink today!
Read my investigation on Energy Drinks.
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I grew up with various influences that shaped my behaviors. School, peers, teachers, parents, and society along with media left the crucial imprint on me. In the end, I seem to be the final product of all those influences combined together.
This process is ongoing; it continuously keeps shaping me. I already knew how to live “that” life; therefore, I decided to make some changes. I started with TV.
In 2001, I recycled my TV. Yes, folks. I have not being watching TV for 11 years. Occasionally, I do go to the movie theater. I had a "TV withdrawal" for about 2 month. I could not discuss any TV shows with my co-workers since I stopped watching them.
Most of the conversations were based on TV programs. I had to learn to talk about different subjects. That gradually changed my social circle as well.
Sometimes, I find myself in situation, where I have to say that I do not know anything about particular show. When asked why, I simply state that I do not watch TV. :) it feels good.
At first I was annoyed by people's comments on importance of watching TV. Later, I changed my approach and challenged people to be honest about their TV habits.
The common question that I get, is:
“How do you get the news ?” Com'on, be realistic – internet is here, so one can get the news at any time. Plus, you can find out what goes on in different countries. Frankly speaking, who really spends all their leisure time by watching news?).
Plus TV networks are controlled by few very wealthy individuals - you may Want to Watch Outfoxed where former journalists confess how they were "forced" to "cover specific topics" and not what was really going on :)
The above-mentioned transformation was not easy, but at the same time, I felt that I was doing the right thing.
Let’s say that on average I was spending around 2 hours a day watching TV. ( 8PM-10PM).
Multiply it by 70 years 2 X 365 X 70 = 51,000 hours
51,000/ 24 hours = 2130 days
2130 days/ 365 = 6 years
I would spend 6 years of my life sitting in front of the tube. I thought that I could find something better to do than watching TV.
When I finally stopped staring at tube, I went back to school and eventually graduated. Since then, I have been camping every weekend. That introduced me to nature. The transition from city to nature was pretty complicated. I attended sweat lodge - native American sacred ceremony - something I always wanted to do.
Also, I started visiting local park quite often and met my future best friend. A year later we opened real estate business together, filed the bankruptcy later :) Life is booming.
This meeting has opened the whole another page of my life. Moreover, I want to say that this very website is build due to the free time away from TV. You should take the "Quest for Knowledge and Wisdom"- series of pages that can damage your brain if it's tuned too deep to the TV brainwashing :) and see if TV educated you the right way :)
You see, the truth will never be broadcasted. You see, unfortunately, we are still slaves in the modern slavery (invisible slavery).
Am I better then people that are watching TV? Not at all. I just found that I can be more productive if I allocate time for other things. It came out by experiment.
I must say that absence of TV in past years not only enriched my life but also expanded my knowledge. I became a seeking individual with curious mind. Also, You may want to read You Sleep 22 Years to get a further perspective on your life expectations. After all, I build this website because I had extra time that I did not spend watching TV. You may want to check Archives section and please leave a comment on forum.