3 Good Reasons to Toss Your TV

Posted on May 11, 2013

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Have you ever considered tossing your television? With any seriousness?

It shouldn’t be such a crazy idea.

I mean surely you remember as a kid when you did something wrong and your parents barred you from watching TV as a form of punishment? You forget? Well, let me remind you what happened – your grades soared, you cleaned up your room and went to bed early. You were well rested and eager to get up for school in the morning!

What?? That didn’t happen??

OK, bad example. Nine year-olds aren’t usually great at calculating the value of time.

But now as an adult, you are perfectly capable of pondering the benefits of a television-free home. The three best reasons are:

Less TV = Sharper mind – TV is a passive sport, as chronicled by Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death. Wired  magazine says television viewing is definitely bad for infants and developing children. Could it be any better for adults? What is that fuzzy, gray fog  that seems to sit on your head after a marathon session in front of the tube?

Calmer, soothing environment – you will come to appreciate not being jarred by alarmist hysteria: “School shooting in Wisconsin!”, “The Dangerous Ingredients in your Deodorant!” and “Winter Storm Barreling Towards Us!” Your world goes on whether you’re up-to-date on the latest weather/gossip/traffic/political squabbling or not.

More time – once you’re TV-free for a few days you’ll be amazed at how much more time there is in each day. The time between getting home from work and going to bed will not pass in a blur anymore. So many things to do now! Of course, if you substitute watching the television w video-games or mindless googling, you will not be making any improvements.

If you’re still unsure about the whole concept, just imagine that without television you could:

  • Put a cactus in the place where your former flat-screen was.
  • Sit in traffic and not worry about missing Dancing with the Stars!
  • Clean the coils in the back of your fridge regularly.
  • Take bubble baths while sipping champagne.
  • Call your mother more.
  • Stay at the office another 2 hrs each night…your boss might give you a promotion.

Finally, if you take my advice literally and want to toss your television be sure to do it from at least the second floor (making sure nobody is standing below). The sonic boom caused by a smashing vacuum tube is ultra-cool! If the TV is a newer model, just sell it on Craigslist.

they don’t make em’ like they used to!

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