But I can’t help but think that the amount of TV I’ve watched in the last couple of months isn’t healthy. I don’t feel I watch excessively (maybe an average of 10-12 hours a week…you all know how much I read, but that still sounds like a lot), but I still feel too tied to that little gray box, or really, the little gray computer screen.
I hate being tied to a TV show. Yet shows like 24, Glee, and So You Think You Can Dance “make” me come back week after week. And then there are all the crime shows that suck me in.
During finale season, I repeatedly cringed as conversation after conversation, online and off, dealt with this show or that show. And then just the other day we had some friends over, and the group of us sat around discussing TV for about an hour. We could have intelligently discussed any number of topics, but we went for the lowest common denominator (and I definitely was a part of the problem on this one).
I guess that’s what I don’t like about TV…it IS the lowest common denominator, rarely challenging. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, sure. There’s nothing wrong with mindlessly relaxing occassionally, but a book can have the same affect while improving your vocabulary and reading abilities without you even realizing it.
Like most things, TV’s best in moderation with a healthy dose of discernment and critical thinking. Moderation has never been something that I’ve been good at. If I start watching TV any given evening, I’m not likely to stop before going to bed (late). So I’ve been trying not to start. Aside from the previously-mentioned SYTYCD (hey, at least dancing is “the arts”), I don’t want to watch any TV during the week.
By cutting out a lot of my TV watching, I’ll be able to keep up my reading habit and be social (obv not at the same time). And if I know what’s good for me, I’ll throw in some exercise, too.
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