Why You Should Stop Watching TV

Reading Celestine Chua’s blog post Top 10 Reasons You Should Stop Watching TV reinforced my own belief that watching TV is more than a waste of time.

As I mentioned in a Woodbury Bulletin column TV Fasting August, I have not watched TV since my son was born in 1998.

By not watching TV, we have more time to live our own lives the way we want and create our own experiences instead of living through the lives and experiences of someone else.

The best memories come from life’s experiences. We can only build memories with experiences, our own experiences.

Life is too short to spend it by watching others living their lives.


2 Responses

  1. buffalogal

    Thanks for the exhortation about giving up TV watching. But for the news at 5 p.m. I do not watch the entertainment channels at all. Once in a while I will watch Masterpiece/Mystery or American Experience but nothing that others are gabbling about constantly…like Dancing With the Stars or American Idol. Much of “regular” entertainment TV is worthless and mind numbing..maybe that is why so many tune in…mind numbing.

  2. roxane s.

    Qin, I’m with you. My TV watching is severely limited. Unfortunately, I have not been able to entirely combat the brain drain from the “boob tube” (as my father used to call it) from our home. But I can, at the very least, start with me. Like you, I really don’t miss it. Occasionally, I want to watch something, like the Olympics, but it’s very rare that TV feeds my soul in the way a book or real-life conversation can.

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