Ever since its invention and mass production, the TV set has become an indispensable part of the average family. Whether it is for entertainment, news or home shopping, TV programmes have infiltrated into our culture and lifestyles. Even with the advent of the Internet, the TV continues to keep its stranglehold on the average person.
Try to imagine a life without the TV. To some, it might be equivalent to asking them to try an Amish lifestyle or live in the jungle or on a deserted island. Honestly, it is not that an extreme move. Instead, you'll be surprised at the benefits once you wean yourself off the TV set.
(1) Your household utilities bill will drop.
With the heavy daily TV consumption, it is not surprising that electricity use from the TV set can be quite a proportion of the overall utilities bill. Try reducing your TV viewing for a week and see if there is any difference in your bill.
(2) Your health will improve.
Watching TV is a very passive activity. It lulls the mind into a receptive mode, and the body into a couch potato. Instead of watching TV, go read a book or even take a nap. At night, sleep early instead of staying up late to catch the latest programmes. Try this for a week and you'll find yourself fitter or mentally more alert.
(3) You will think better.
As mentioned in (2), your mental alertness will improve. Your mind will be cleared of the TV-related clutter. Because of the unidirectional nature of TV, the individual's natural creativity and thoughts are actually being stifled by the constant barrage of images and sounds. Over a long period of time, this over-stimulation of the senses will only dull your mind. Switch off the TV and let your imagination grow.
(4) Your family life will improve.
Ever since the TV became a part of the modern family, it has been found that family members talk less with one another. While some might argue that watching TV is a communal activity in some families, having everyone staring at the boob tube doesn't exactly facilitate getting to know one another at a deeper level. At home, having simple conversations or playing games together as a family will increase the social bonds instead.
(5) Your personal finances will improve.
Currently, TV programmes, together with the cacophony to ads, promote a consumerist lifestyle. With the constant bombardment of such images, even the strongest-willed individual will be eventually and subconsciously worn down to hearken after some consumer product or lifestyle. Remove the TV and you will find less of the urge to spend the next time you go out.
(6) You have better control of your time.
The TV encourages one to procrastinate or to put off what one is supposed to do. Very often, people will find that they have lost track of time once they started watching TV. Hence, instead of being beholden to the TV programmes, take control of your own time. You will also find that you will be spending your time in a more meaningful and fruitful manner.
For a start, weaning off TV won't be easy. However, once you see the benefits, you will be encouraged to go further. After some time, you might even wonder why you bought the TV in the first place!