Wednesday, February 16, 2011
It's called an 'Idiot Box' for a reason!
I have a horrible habit of sleeping with the television on. It's gotten so bad I feel I can't fall asleep without it. In fact I have the TV on for most of the day whether I'm watching it or not. I believe I got this behaviour from the Mother and have also passed it on to the Kid. For this I feel much anger and shame. And it has left me wondering how much television I am really exposed to?
*wrecks your concentration
*desensitizes your brain
*affects learning and memory
*makes you fat
....to name only a few. They left out how it turns you into a big loser.
For the actual article go HERE
Then there's this article that says sleeping with the TV on can bring on depression or worsen existing depression. You can read it HERE
Earlier today when I realized the TV was going non stop, I simply turned it off. Keeping it off may prove difficult though. However this is a huge problem that needs some serious attention because it has some serious consequences and not just for me. It's the Kid too. We watch TV before school. We watch TV during meals. We watch TV while (or worse instead of) talking, exercising, working, blogging, socializing, you name it.
It has been used as a fast and easy way to escape my thoughts, my feelings and the outside world for too long. I'm no better or different than an alcoholic. I've been missing out on too much and hurting myself and others while doing it.
So for the greater good, I will take a stand against the addictive destructive boob tube and say YES to unplugging from yet another one of my habits.