Should I switch off my TV?

All of us could do with extra hours in a day. I am thinking should I switch off my TV to gain the extra hours?

My conservative estimate is I spend 8 hours a week watching TV. I think it is more likely I watch 15 hours of TV in a week. That is a lot of time. In a year I spend (waste) 780 hours looking at the black box in my lounge.

It is probably more since I have not taken account of increased hours of Christmas TV. 780 hours is 32.5 days in a year. So just over month in a year I spend my life starring at that flat panel black box! It gets to me that I did not think this through earlier.

They are times I feel it is a man thing to just watch the screen and let the brain go into a thinking mood about how the day went. I think about how to handle a particular problem while letting TV wash over me. Of course I also switch on the TV to be entertained and to relax.

As my previous blog mentioned I want 2013 to be better than my previous years. I need to change some aspects of my life style. Can switching off the TV be one aspect that I should change?

Think of what I can do with 15 hours I am saving in a week! I can read, sort out things I have been meaning to sort out for years. I could go for a walk and listen to an audio book. I could plan my weekends to force myself to meet new people. I can sort out my personal finances. I can complete some simple tax returns. I could go on.

I deactivated my Facebook account a few weeks ago. The hidden benefit of this is a time saving 1.5 to 2 hours a week.

As an experiment I will switch off my TV for a week as of today (gulp!). I want to see if I manage this. If I do, I want to see how I use my time. Will I use it to achieve the goals I have set myself? 

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Be Selective    1 thanks

jimmercy | | Permalink

Most of TV is dross, I am a fan of the Scandinavian Police procedurals (Killing 1-3, The Bridge) and Borgon, and other dare I say it higher quality shows such as Homeland (matter of taste I know). I don't watch much else.

My main time waster is the Internet, now how to get away from that particularly when I am filing all those tax returns on-line.

 

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Yes and no    1 thanks

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Switching it off will give you more time to do something productive and that's got to be a good thing. But don't forget that you do need time to switch yourself off and tv may be your way of doing that and recharging yourself. And you can do other things while watching tv - exercising for instance, if you get an exercise bike you could do miles without noticing (been there, lost weight with it). Mind you I don't think you need 15 hours a week of switching your brain off! Excluding American footie (3 hours+ a week during the season) I probably watch an hour or two a week, and only if there's something on that I follow - CSIs, Strictly and so on. But I probably waste my time elsewhere - the internet, talking to myself, daydreaming (yes that's easily 15 hours a week at the moment).

Let us know how your week goes - it would be good to know if you can be more productive or if it's human nature to waste time regardless!

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FirstTab | | Permalink

Thanks for a great response. 

Good point Flash, I will report back on my experiment. 

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You have to decide    1 thanks

petersaxton | | Permalink

I watch football although a lot less than previously.

I may watch a few other programs but not much.

I have some clients who don't have TVs and they don't seem to miss it.

I would recommend working late some nights and then you can take a day off and do something really special.

This may sound perverse, but    1 thanks

New Year | | Permalink

This may sound perverse, but it might do you good to "waste" more of your time pursuing whatever leasure activities you enjoy, whether watching TV, gardening, running marathons, or whatever.

The fact is that we should work to earn the money to allow us to have a life, we should not allow work to become our lives.

I find it amusing, and rather sad, the way that people describe themselves. Ask anyone what they are, and they will tell you they are an acountant, a bricklayer, or whatever, as if their job defines who they are. They are not. They are people who love football, love painting, love running marathons, who happen to work as accountants or bricklayers to pay for their real passions in life.

Flash    1 thanks

mn2taxhbj | | Permalink

Its good to see another American Football fan on here.

49ers fan since 1982, through the good times and not so good times, glad to see the good times finally coming back at last!  Although it makes January a bit of a hard month with lots of late Sunday evenings !

Apart from the Sky coverage, I also record all the SNF and MNF on terrestrial TV and have a US tv subscription on the internet to allow me to watch all the 49ers games! Looking forward to October 27, 2013 when I get to take my son to see the 49ers at Wembley. 

I also have ESPN and watch a lot of college football too - incredible crowds - and have had the pleasure of being at an Ohio State v Michigan game!

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Don't take it so literaly    1 thanks

petersaxton | | Permalink

Some people may want to know what work you do and some people might want to know your hobbies. You usually answer in the context they mean.

What are you?: You can explain in many ways and you should consider what they are wanting to know.

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mn2taxhbj    1 thanks

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Dolphins forever! But only just beginning to see a ray of light now with a new rookie QB and new head coach. I was lucky enough to see Phins v 49ers at Wembley back in the days of Dan Marino v Joe Montana - fabulous atmosphere. Those were the days. I gave up Sky because they never showed Miami so I have internet access (NFL.com) and this year bought myself an I-pad just so I could watch from the comfort of my sofa! I'm now rooting for Patriots to go all the way even though they wiped the floor with us :( But I'll give the 49ers a small cheer for now!

It's almost worth moving to the US for (sighs)

p.s. College football too - you are spoilt!

Do other things aswell    1 thanks

Lilac1 | | Permalink

Like Flash said, you can do other things while watching tv - exercise, surfing the Internet, admin type work that doesn't involve a lot of thinking. Alternatively choose one or two programmes you like and sky plus it so you can watch it at a more convenient time or while exercising!

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Wow!    1 thanks

FirstTab | | Permalink

Thank you so much for the response all. 

This thread clearly shows the benefits of a blog over a diary/journal. It is very helpful to read the response of others. A diary/journal would not allow this. 

I will report the results of my experiment next Friday. I will keep a record a few sentences of  how each day has gone without TV. I will post these as well.  

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I have dual screens ...    1 thanks

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... my sad secret addiction is Corrie, but I generally work whilst watching it, it helps do the boring basic stuff.

I like gritty but not over cerebral programs like Wallander, MoTD is a must as is the 6 nations Rugby.

I like serious competions like Great British bake off and good comedy, Miranda and Mrs Brown's boys top of the league atm.

If I work in the evening i will see if there is a good film on one of the channels, Film 4 is good, otherwise I will watch a dvd - just wading therough Battlestar Galactica re-imagined at present, imho one of the best series ever made and the equal of homeland and the like (ignore the fact it is sci-fi, it is a deeply three-dimension well written story exploring all aspects of humanity) 

I generally only sit and "watch" Tv with full attention for 2 - 3 hours per week, but so much of it is fill it doesn't need full attention. If you take say come dine with me, in a half hour there is about 10 minutes of material - by the time you take out the adverts, the re-running footage after the breaks in case you can't remember what happened a few minutes ago etc!

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Agree with this ...    1 thanks

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

New Year wrote:

This may sound perverse, but it might do you good to "waste" more of your time pursuing whatever leasure activities you enjoy, whether watching TV, gardening, running marathons, or whatever.

The fact is that we should work to earn the money to allow us to have a life, we should not allow work to become our lives.

I find it amusing, and rather sad, the way that people describe themselves. Ask anyone what they are, and they will tell you they are an acountant, a bricklayer, or whatever, as if their job defines who they are. They are not. They are people who love football, love painting, love running marathons, who happen to work as accountants or bricklayers to pay for their real passions in life.

... I know a guy through dog training  who is a brickie . He is a natural with his dog and they make a fantastic beating team. When we were discussing what we would do if we won the lottery the first thing he said is to dig a big hole, chuck all his tools in it and fill it in again! 

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OGA    1 thanks

Kermit_ | | Permalink

Old Greying Accountant wrote:

... I know a guy through dog training  who is a brickie . He is a natural with his dog and they make a fantastic beating team. When we were discussing what we would do if we won the lottery the first thing he said is to dig a big hole, chuck all his tools in it and fill it in again! 

 

 

 

That shows a lack of imagination.

If he had just won the lottery he could afford to pay someone else to dig the hole for him.

 

 

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Ah, but Kermit ...    2 thanks

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... you have missed the point entirely!

It is akin to Harry Potter burying Dobbie without using magic.

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just a thought    1 thanks

Red Leader | | Permalink

How about rationing the TV rather than cutting it out altogether?  No TV before 9pm.

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