Most people take for granted the fact that Americans live in a world of comfort and leisure. They don’t stop to consider that a hundred years ago, many of the modern conveniences that we enjoy now weren’t even around. Television, for instance, has consumed a vast amount of time in the every day American life. The average person watches around four hours of TV every day.
I decided I was going to eliminate TV for two weeks. I don’t have cable at home, but I do have a few shows I watch on Hulu, and I own around 300 movies. I never could have imagined how much time I wasted sitting in front of my laptop every day. Although I didn’t watch four hours of TV a day, it was pretty close to three. Time, that could have been used for more profitable purposes, was ignored and I would say to myself instead: “I’ll think about that tomorrow”. Without the strong pull to see what happens next in my “shows” every night, I have been able to spend much more time with my family. Just like Colin experienced in his family life, I talk more with my family, play more board games, and a lot of our time together is centered around eating.
My mind is constantly being stimulated with new theories and ideas, instead of being drained of all rational thought by the television. I have found that I never lost my deep thinking abilities as I had once worried, they were just hidden behind the complacency of laziness. I also have more time to spend praying and reading my Bible, which has been very beneficial to my spiritual life.
Rather than thinking for yourself, TV tells you what to like, what to laugh at, when to cry, what to eat, and how you should look. I hope I never go back to how I lived before this experiment, because that would mean I didn’t truly learn a thing. In all reality, though, I think I would be perfectly happy to not own a TV for the rest of my life.