do we watch too much television these days?

Singapore
May 16, 2007 4:15am CST
my guess is that everyone reading this post has a tv set. let me know if you don't, and why you don't. i think we watch too much tv these days. it's so easy to go home, switch on the tv, and let your brain absorb everything the tv feeds you. the media moguls are thus the most powerful since they determine what goes into your homes. i guess the baser instincts in man also determine that since viewership rating also determines what sells, and thus what gets on tv. a vicious cycle eh? do you limit your watching of tv, or just indulge in it without thinking of the effects? sometimes i feel tv tries too hard to appeal to the lowest common denominator. but i still watch it so oh well.
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16 responses
@manzician (4739)
• India
17 May 07
Well... I totally agree with you that we have started watching TV a lot these days... We watch TV almost 3-4 hours today or even more which is really not good...
• India
17 May 07
Yes, we have a tv and a very good one at that. You are right, it is sooo easy to get addicted to it. But I have restricted tv watching to one hour each day for my kids. My teenager son still watches cartoons. My teenage daugher likes comedy serials, but about soaps, it is strictly NO NO. In my opinion it brainwashes you completely.
@devrajrao (167)
• India
17 May 07
Not much. I am not addict of the box(tv)
• United States
17 May 07
Yes i watch tv but not all the time cause i know the effect of that, so ill just watch it every night for just 2 hours before i go to bed!
• United States
17 May 07
I admit I know I watch television too much. I watch it all the time. I always like having it on.
• Nepal
17 May 07
Yes, its certainly that television crease is much more nowadays. School child are very affected by the television as well as housewife also. So its very serious things.
• Philippines
17 May 07
i have a tv in our sala & in our room, most of the time i watch current events for election updates because here in the philippines we must watch tv for enable us to see the lastest results of the votes of a certain election candidates because here in philippines, politics are a big deal for us, we usually turn on our tv in the morning and turned off around 12am midnight... what a show...
• India
17 May 07
i guess you are correct now a days tv is like the most important part of peoples lifes when it should not be i totally agree to your views we should stop this addiction ;(
• Philippines
17 May 07
i used to watch tv everyday cause it feeds my boredom at home, though someytimes i watch television which programs the one i did not like.But though it does not fit my interest i still watch it just to ease my boredom.
@Kman64 (102)
• United States
17 May 07
I don't think there is a such thing as too much television for an adult if that is what he/she enjoys as long as it doesn't interfere with responsibilities. Life is way too short to worry about that. If that is your enjoyment, then do not feel guilty and enjoy your entertainment like those who are entertained by other things.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
17 May 07
Not me, I watch it less and less. There are just to many other things that are more important. When they start putting on some real quality, I might watch more. There are some great shows (none on the networks channels) but overall, I don't need it. And if you figure that watching 5 hours of TV exposes you to about 1 1/2 to 2 hours of commercials, that is a waste of time, period.
• United States
16 May 07
I do watch some television but not a lot. I usually have about one or two shows that I enjoy, and right now, I only really watch one regularly. I have several reasons for not watching a lot of television. Number one, I do not like to feel like an inanimate object has that much control over me and the more we watch, the more compelled we are to pass up dinner with a friend, or not answer the phone, or stay in instead of taking that walk because we don't want to miss the next episode. I also like to limit the number of televisions in one house. I am not fond of a tv in the bedroom, even though my husband and I do have a small screen dvd player in the room. Its more for when one of us is sick and stuck in bed. But I think a television in the bedroom eliminates quality time that you could spend talking or being intimate with your spouse. Television tends to take over a household if not handled responsibly.
@mari123 (1862)
• China
16 May 07
when there is my favorite program show in TV,i will watch TV for a long time,untill the program ended.at my spare time,i don't like to watch TV,i like to surf internet,and reading book,or haveing a rest in bad early.but TV can give me happiness,i like to watch sports news very much.so i spend a hours per day in watching TV
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
16 May 07
i usually only watch the hong kong on tvbj whatever is showing i'll just watch coz it's the time i catch up with my parents and spend time with them but they are retired so by watching the same drama with them we can have some common topic if i'm alone, i'd rather surf the net or read a book the only two shows i will watch is House and Dr Martin :)
@iszo07 (473)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
I watched the TV just to realease my tension. I watch TV usually after back from work or at night before I went to sleep. On average, I might spend just about 1-2 hours per day watching TV. Maybe a lot more on the weekends because I will never miss English Premier League especially when myfavorite team Man Utd play
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
16 May 07
We only watch movies that we either taped or have bought. We canceled our cable service several months ago and don't miss it much at all. I think people do watch too much TV and it has made us lazy in that we don't know what actually goes on in the world other than what some talking head with an agenda tells us. To us the cost of the cable was not worth what few shows we actually wanted to watch.