We all watch more and more television – this is what we are told. Whether this is good for us or not is perhaps a question on which we can make up our own minds, but it’s probably too much if you find that your eyes have turned into perfect squares and you go for the remote control to switch the channel when you’re driving to work.
So, now that we know you’re a TVaholic, here are 5 reasons to help you not watch so much.
1. It’s all a ‘load of rubbish’
If you like any television program at all, then it’s highly likely that this won’t apply to you. But if you find yourself saying ‘what a load of rubbish’ every five minutes – then you need to wise-up and switch off.
2. Channel hopping
If, like me, you spend a great deal of time flicking between channels, then it’s more than likely that your brain has shrunk. If you can’t think of anything better to do with your time, then clearly there’s an issue. One solution, is to unsubscribe from every channel going, send back your TV licence (UK residents only), and throw you television into the street.
(Actually, throwing your TV into the street could be a criminal offence – check out the legal implications of doing this in your area first. Remember – it’s always better to recycle properly).
If your mind is distracted by amorous thoughts about your partner, then it’s possible that watching TV isn’t the best way to satiate your real needs or desires. Press the off button, get up and make a romantic candlelit dinner for your partner, talk lovingly to them and then suggest an early night instead of watching that episode of Frasier for the twentieth time over.
4. Power cut
Fairly self-explanatory this one. It’s astonishing how many of us would be lost without the glow of our screens in front of us. Anyway, get out your stack of candles, open the dusty box of Monopoly and don the hat of cruel, landlord inspired greed. Monopoly is also a great way to start an argument, so whatever happens, you’ll no doubt fill your time bickering over something so ridiculous and yet utterly time consuming that getting the power back up and running so you can watch Friends will be the least of your worries.
5. Watch TV
This may seem like an odd suggestion, but actually, think about those times when you’ve caught yourself staring at the TV screen without paying the slightest bit of attention to what’s going on. Yes, that’s right, you’re daydreaming. It just goes to show that one of the best ways not to watch TV is to make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, put your feet up and switch to your favourite channel.
Paul Banbury is an expert at watching his brand new quality LED TV, without actually watching it, and agrees that there are better things in life than watching the old box (well, sometimes anyway).