Monday I told my wife that we would not turn the television on for at least 24 hours. I couldn’t believe how much I did that night, and I noticed that I didn’t snack as much too. We don’t even have cable, but somehow we rack up the hours watching stupid shows. I think it is because by the end of the day we are both exhausted and the couch is our temporary vacation.
Don’t get a wrong picture, my wife is not a couch potato. Even at five months pregnant, her height/weight ratio is still considered average. When she is not pregnant, she usually weighs in at most, 115 lbs. I on the other hand, could stand to lose about 40 lbs.
TV is a distraction. While not all of it is terrible, I think Americans have come to accept it as a normal part of everyday life. We have stacks of board games and puzzles that rarely get usage, and we have the great outdoors right outside our house. I wonder how much time I have wasted this year sitting in front of the tube watching some stupid sitcom or reality show. I would be ashamed to find out.
I am most to blame for this. My wife had wise parents who chose not to join in and never bought a TV. The only negative to that, is that she doesn’t understand much of the 80s and 90s pop culture gained from being a couch potato. When out with friends, and we mention a certain cartoon or character, she is left completely clueless. Of course, when she wants, she can turn the table, and mention some obscure author or artist leaving the rest of us reaching for our dictionaries (well, we don’t have any in reality).
I have been contemplating throwing out the damned thing. My daughter is starting to recognize commercials, and she is not even two years old!
So on Monday we had a night without TV. It was a great experience that I hope soon to repeat.