Some have said that we are living in the “golden age of television.” When you look at the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, it’s easy to see why. There is a lot of good television out there right now. The truth is that despite all that good TV, it’s just as bad for you as it always was. This is why you should consider getting rid of your TV, or at the very least, cut back.
It’s Ruining Your Imagination
Your TV is completely ruining your imagination. When you spend all of your time watching TV, then you are not using your brain. Your brain is a muscle and if you don’t exercise it, it will begin to atrophy. I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “use it or lose it.” I understand that people like to watch TV because for its escapist value. You can accomplish the same thing by reading a book, or just going outside.
It’s Killing Your Libido
This is enough of a reason to get rid of your TV right here. Your TV is killing your sex life. Studies have shown that couples who go to sleep with the TV on are far less likely to engage in sexy times than couples who do not. If you really need the background noise to help you go to sleep, then try turning on some music instead. Yeah, a little Netflix and chill is not a bad thing, but when you’re forgoing sex for the next episode of this show that you’re addicted to, then you’re watching too much TV.
You’re Slowly Being Brainwashed
Television has a way of slowly brainwashing you, especially if you watch television news at all (which you shouldn’t because you are always getting the corporatist version of the news) it tends to influence the way that you think, and you begin to live in an echo chamber. You begin to lose the ability to think for yourself, and most importantly, you lose the ability to question the things that you’re told. TV turns you into a sheep basically, and you are not a sheep.
TV Depletes Your Energy
Watching a lot of TV really begins to deplete your energy after a while. Studies have shown that while you might be more relaxed while you’re watching a show that you enjoy, you feel sapped of energy after you stop watching your show. It stands to reason that after you get done watching TV for several hours, you’re going to feel pretty crappy. You can avoid that feeling by not watching TV at all. Your favorite show isn’t worth it.
It’s Stealing Your Time
Have you ever really thought about how much TV you watch in a given day? How about a week, month or year? Data from Nielsen shows that the average American watches over thirty hours of TV a week, which adds up to over 1000 hours in a year! In any given year there are 8,760 hours. This means that the average American is spending an eighth of the year watching TV. This isn’t even taking into account streaming services such as Netflix. According to Time Americans watched 42.5 billion hours of TV on Netflix last year. These numbers aren’t even taking into account people who share passwords. Do you have any idea how much you could accomplish in the time that you’re spending watching TV?
I have to confess that I love watching TV, despite knowing how bad it is for me. I have shows that I wait in trepidation for all year (Game of Thrones or Mr Robot, anyone?). I often just have the TV on as background noise while I’m doing homework or cleaning the house. I’m making a real effort to change that though. This will be a long and difficult process, but most lifestyle changes are. I strongly recommend that you do the same. You only get one life. You shouldn’t spend it in front of a screen.
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