TSA#44 – Stop Watching TV

Sep 17, 2012 by

I’m going to try really hard to not make this sound preachy, but bare with me here.  This one is important.

Stop it.  Stop wasting hours of your life every single day flipping channels from one inane show to the next.  Do yourself a HUGE favor and do anything else.

Yes I have a TV.  Yes I like watching it, but I do not have cable and I don’t flip channels.

photo by HandsettBattery

I was recently staying in a hotel up in LA and one of the fun things about hotels is that they have cable and you can flip channels.  Its a weird sensation to flip channels when you don’t have cable at home.  You miss it.  Its a fun experience of finding out what is on the next channel, but then you flip through all the channels and realize there is nothing on.  It is ridiculous how many channels there are with nothing on.  Then you flip onto the news to see what’s happening and you hear grown adults sensationalizing, twisting, spinning, and lying about absolutely nothing just to get people incensed so they will keep watching.  It was maddening and mesmerizing all at the same time.  I could not believe what I was watching, but like a train wreck I just wanted to keep watching or keep flipping to the next train wreck.  I had time to kill in the hotel and that’s exactly what I did.  Killed it.  Dead.  Gone.  Never get that hour back of my life and I’m pretty sure I’m less intelligent and less informed for having watched the news.

I flipped between CNN, FOX, MSNBC etc.  They were all the same.  Pundits on either side not answering any questions, only spouting talking points that they know people will respond to if they hear key words.  I swear this is how one exchange went down:

I think it was FOX news talking about the recent turmoil in Libya and the presidents response to it, and I’m paraphrasing here.

Pundit #1: “The President didn’t apologize or sympathize with the attackers…all he said was…”

Interrupted by pundit #2: “There are 55 million abortions every year in this country…”

No one was talking about abortion.  No one ever mentioned it.  It was ever discussed or brought up previously, but he knows that is what will rile of the feathers of those that care and they will get mad and yell at their TV’s and remember how much they hate abortions and then how much they hate the president, or the first lady, or whomever they are supposed to hate at that moment.

It was ridiculous.  But you know this.  Everyone knows this.  But we watch.

So stop it.  Stop watching the shows that you know are just pure cotton candy television.  There is no nutritional value whatsoever in there.  It is pure sugar and fluff.

You can watch TV.  There are some amazing shows on TV.  There are some great movies and documentaries to watch.  Just stop wasting your life flipping between one train wreck to the next.   Stop watching shows of stupid people just to make yourself feel better.

If you want to watch a show, pick out the show you want to watch and sit down and watch it.  When its done get up and do something else.  Don’t flip to the next thing until you’ve been in front of the TV for 4 hours.

Sorry to get preachy on this one, but think of all the things you could do with 4 more hours in your day.  Now turn off the TV and go have fun doing those things!

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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