The disease of television

I have recently decided that TV is similar to a disease or an addiction. I have had cable in the past, but currently do not have any TV what-so-ever. When I tell people that I don’t watch TV or that we don’t have TV in the house, they look incredulous and ask what’s wrong with us. When I had cable, it chewed up most of my free time. While I love to watch Animal Planet, History and Discovery Channel, I cannot bring myself to watch the reality and other brands of garbage-vision. Watching TV was almost always for educational purposes for me, with the guilty exception of America’s Next Top Model. I couldn’t pull my gaze away from the human wreckage before me. Therein lies the danger. Most programming is geared to make you sit there transfixed by moving train wrecks. I know that I have a problem, so I can’t have it in the house. I can’t let it take over my life again.

I have grouped TV addicts into a few groups; functional users, recreational users, bingers and junkies. Functional users are the people who have basic cable or no cable that watch TV but do not go out of their way to see a show. Recreational users are the people who spend their free time channel surfing and/or use Tivo for favorite programs or make plans around TV. The bingers are the people who will watch TV for the entire weekend, only getting up for snacks. Junkies are the sad bunch whos lives are completely run by programming. They know what’s going on as of a few hours ago on every reality show on every station.

I am a recovering TV user. I usd to have the TV on all day as I worked, often getting sidetracked and sucked in. Since I stopped watching TV, I have starting reading and writing again and am much more productive around the house. I meet the disbelief that I do not watch television with my arsenal of sobriety. It’s still a challenge not to watch, but all I know is that I’m not watching TV today.

~ by accordingtoleanne on December 29, 2009.

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