I think it’s brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television – but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent. ~ Steve Jobs
When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships. ~ Andy Warhol
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it. ~ Alfred Hitchcock
It seems that one of the largest time wasters in society today is the television…. this hasn’t changed much in over 20 years… even when I was growing up children would spend hours each day zoned out in front of the television. Thankfully, my daughters zone out for far fewer hours than I used to. My siblings and I would easily spend 3 hours daily in front of the television… and it was even longer when we got our first video game system! My girls rarely have time during the week for television – if they watch any television at all they may get 30-60 minutes. This is because between school and after school activities and homework there is rarely time for television during the week. On a Saturday the girls may watch 3-4 hours (a movie or two) but that is it… so they probably average between 5 and 7 hours a week – when I was a child I was watching between 21 and 25 hours a week! I am glad I have been able to lessen the television impact on my girls!
I would encourage parents to get their kids off their couches or beds and out into nature, reading a book, or participating in art projects. Television sucks our time with little productivity to show in return. In fact, I find that my daughters end up zoned out and not able to think after a day in front of the television – I see how it harms their thinking and functioning. Yet, I also see how their spirit is lifted when they spend a day doing art projects, reading, and playing outside. Sometimes it takes more work than placing your child in front of a television set, but it pays off.
Today, 215 days ’til 40, I continue to challenge my family to limit television viewing and expand our possibilities – there is so much more to do with our time!