Turn Off the TV and Live

The average American watches nearly five hours of TV per day.

That’s 35 hours per week.

A little over six days per month.

A full 75 days per year.

Consuming.Day One Hundred Forty-Two:  This is not Me

Not tasting.

Not smelling.

Not feeling.

Not experiencing.

Not exploring.

Not sharing.

Not creating.

Not growing.

Not interacting.

Not blessing.

Not loving.

Not living.

Turn off the TV.


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  • http://jwfinancialcoaching.wordpress.com/ Jon White

    Chris, as I read this post I couldn’t help but ask the question, what could we accomplish in those 75 days a year if we lived “our” life instead of living someone else’s pretend or reality show life?

    • http://www.alanamokma.com/ Alana Mokma

      Oh man, that’s a great thought Jon. I am one of “those” people who really enjoy reality shows like The Bachelor. I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to them – perhaps because it’s nice to feel like someone else has more drama going on in their lives than I do. :) But those shows are TWO HOURS long! It is rare that I finish watching one without the guilt of, “I just wasted two hours of my life watching people fight, awkwardly date and make out.”

      I don’t think I’ll ever fully give up tv, but I can recognize that I accomplish more during the phases in life that I do not watch as much.

      • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

        Alana, I believe it’s a good thing to have a couple of shows to enjoy because we can’t always be going, going, going. I have a few shows watch, but I can’t imagine freely giving up 4-5 hours of my day. Boundaries are key. Also, the DVR has cut commercials out of my life completely! You could watch The Bachelor in an hour and a half. :)

        • http://www.alanamokma.com/ Alana Mokma

          lol. Isn’t DVR amazing? Okay, I feel a little better now that I know you and Jon still watch tv. 😉 I think right now I’m averaging about 30 mins – 1 hr of tv a night with Josh as a way to wind down.

          • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

            Obviously, we all have the choice for what’s we consider the right amount in our own lives, but I think your average is right on par for living a balanced life. It’s probably my daily average too. I don’t want to come across as someone who never enjoys a good show every now and then. It just doesn’t dominate my life.

      • http://jwfinancialcoaching.wordpress.com/ Jon White

        Alana, I hear what you are saying. Trust me, my wife and I both watch TV together so I can’t act like we never watch a reality show or drama. :) But with that being said, I can’t say that after having watched an evening of TV together that we’ve said, wow that show really impacted my life for the better.

        I think there is a place for down time by unplugging and watching a little TV. The danger though is making that a habit you do every night and just totally unplug from life and never life the life that we were created to do.

        • http://www.alanamokma.com/ Alana Mokma

          Agreed. Have you ever read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller? I think when I read that a couple years ago it was the first time I realized I could write my own life story and start living my own adventures.

          • http://jwfinancialcoaching.wordpress.com/ Jon White

            I have not read it, but it is on my list of books to read. Maybe if I stopped watching TV I would actually have time to trim down my list. 😉

          • http://www.alanamokma.com/ Alana Mokma

            lol. :)

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Great question, Jon. I would say we could probably put a huge dent in making many of our passions come alive. Not to mention the communities that would develop and grow.

      • http://jwfinancialcoaching.wordpress.com/ Jon White

        Chris I think it’s kind of like the compound effect. A 30 minute show here or there doesn’t seem like much. But a 30 minute show two nights a week for 10 years is a lot of time to invest in something that won’t have a lasting long term impact.

        • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

          Sounds a lot like the Latte Effect in the financial world. :)

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Great reminder about the potential time waster of watching TV.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Thanks Dan. It is an endless black hole of a time drain if we allow it to be.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        It sure is. I try and limit my time watching TV, though my wife and myself watch TV and movies to relax.

        • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

          Same here – we watch TV to relax a bit, too. Honestly, I think it’s perfectly fine to relax this way as long as it’s not keeping us from living life. I’ve made sure to keep healthy boundaries on how much time I spend on in front of it, unlike when I was a kid.

          • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

            Yes, moderation is important.