Do you think we watch too much TV?

July 18, 2007 6:01am CST
I read the following statistics today quoted on the BBC website that astounded me: "At age 75, the average British person will have spent more than twelve years of full 24-hour days watching television" "The average six-year-old will have already watched more than one full year of their lives" Do you really want to waste 12 years of your life watching TV?
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18 Jul 07
People never understood why, when my son was much younger, I restricted the amount of television he was allowed to watch. I wanted my son to enjoy playing outside and reading, enjoying his childhood rather than sat in front of the television. Neither my partner nor I watch that much television these days either, just occasionally movies and the odd episode of CSI. Two friends of mine both have little babies, one is 6 months and the other 9 months and both these girls will happily dump the babies in front of the television to keep them occupied and amused, and can't understand why I feel it is wrong to do so.
18 Jul 07
I have heard a lot of parents justify their children watching TV by saying it is educational. I don't agree. I think that playing with your children and teaching them new things is educational and letting them play with other children and explore new places. However, it is hard to convince them of that.
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
18 Jul 07
i feel that the television is quite an evil object, in that it lures people to waste many productive hours of their day watching sometimes mindless shows! however, i must admit that i am such a person, as i do follow the occasional good series or good telemovies. however, i try to devote most of my time on the tv watching education and informative tv shows, such as documentaries and of course the news channels.
18 Jul 07
I think you are right about the way TC seems to take hold of you and gyou watch it with no actual desire to do so. It is like the government has found a way to control us.
• United States
21 Jul 07
I totally agree with what you said above about the govt.
@rosie_123 (6118)
18 Jul 07
Well I must admit I am always horrified by statistics such as these - especially where children are concerned. Guess I am from a different generation, where TV wasn't available 24/7, and children 40 years ago were certainly not allowed to watch more than maybe an hour a day after their homework was finished. Probably because of that, I can go for days without having TV on at all, and I find the amount of time others spend watching it, almost impossible to believe! Certainly I've read a lot of studies recently that say young children who watch too much TV, are behind their peer group at school with things like reading, writing, and also social integration, and I think it's sad. Used wisely, TV is a good ting for learning and developing peoples' minds, but used badly and too often, it becomes an opiate - and stops people using their brains to think and reason for themselves.
20 Jul 07
I think you have hit the nail on the head when you say people watch TV to stop them having to think for themselves.
@subathra (3519)
• India
20 Jul 07
Personally i dont watch much tv being a working girl.I watch only particular programs and also too much of watching tv will spoil the eye sight. Due to the prevailance of lot of channels people watch tv more and more in the recent past.I remember when i was a kid there were only 2-3 channels in our country and hence we watched tv very less. I could see people disconnecting the cable network in some houses as their children concentrate very less in their studies and watch tv a lot.
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17 Aug 07
Thanks for the best response hun
26 Jul 07
I think 12 years is an awful long time to spend in front of the box. When I was younger, my parents would let me watch one TV show a day, and now I'm at university, I don't have a television; all my friends think this is insane. Admittedly, I spend a lot of time of the computer, but I'm sure if I had a TV as well I would have no life! x
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I love watching TV- I have certain shows that are a must see for me and I DVR them to avoid the commercials... I wish I had time to watch more tv, I love curling up with my husband and watching a good movie. I suppose that maybe kids today are watching to much tv but they are also spending to much time on line playing games and or whatever and they are not getting enough exercise. My mother always forced me out of the house and away from the television as a kid- guess maybe thats why I don't mind watching it nowadays, kind of like a belated rebellion....lol
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Great topic! I started feeling this way a couple years ago, and decided to quit watching TV. Now I will rent a movie from time to time, but I like it that way, because I'm in control of what I'm renting, I don't have to pay a cable bill each month, and I don't have to watch commercials. I just don't enjoy TV and all the trash and violence that is on there today. I think everyone should quit and go use and abuse their library card!!
@mdarma (868)
• Singapore
19 Jul 07
Yes we do watch a lot of TV as we grow older! When we get old the chance of and want to go out is reduced greatly and I guess that TV is the only form of entertainment for old folks.
• China
19 Jul 07
I rarely watch TV ,I was more in line
@eshaan (6193)
• India
18 Jul 07
Now-a-days getting no time to watch TV. I engage myself on net whenever i get the time. Unless there is some favourite programme which i can't stop myself from watching i don't watch tv.