I am up late last night. I can't sleep so I end up flipping channels on the TV. I rarely watch TV anyway. I have my favorite shows (football, cooking show) but I don't watch anything on a regular basis. I checked what was on the various channels. Some showing films I had either seen before or didn’t want to see. There is, to be sure, a lot of crap on TV, but funnily enough our brain likes being entertained with lots of bright, moving colors...just because it requires no real thought at all. When I was a kid, every Sunday I would watch Little House on the Prairie episode with my younger sisters. I loved that show. It feels like forever to watch the next episode as they only aired it once a week. Mind you there was only TVRI then, yes - the one and only channel!!!! but the good thing is there's no commercial break!
Right now every show that runs has ten minutes or less of programming, then three minutes of commercials and so on. We are bombarded with ads from companies that want you to buy their products. Television is, after all, an engine for advertising and selling, it does not exist to entertain us; it exists to sell to us. Those who program the shows are aware they have to capture the public’s attention and to hold it long enough to advertise a product.
Like computer, TV has become a big part of our lives. Almost all families own a TV, a lot of families have their TV on most of the time (even when no one is watching). It is a way to spend their free time, relax, stay informed, get touched by a story whether it's a news or movie or a series. I don't have anything against TV, but I think TV make people lazy. No interaction, no imagination, nothing. The only thing you have to move is your thumb on the remote control.
I have a friend who has been without a Television since her kids were small. She catches up on the news from the newspaper, radio and (now) the internet. She spends time reading, going out for a walk or a drive, gardening, listening to music on the radio, playing with her grandkids or just talk. She said it's fun actually because she has so much more to do rather than watch television. Although her kids do get tempted at times to buy one for her (so she can catch up with her friends about the shows and stuff) she doesn't think it's worth it.
So, how much time do you spend watching television? An hour per day? two hours? more? Do you believe you could live without TV let's say for a month?