With a blog title of smash your t.v., I need to talk about smashing televisions.
I grew up watching an hour of television every afternoon after school (my favorite show were Power Rangers, Full House, and Married With Children). We had no cable, we ate meals together as a family around the table (the t.v. was off), and a busy extracurricular schedule filled up my time. I’m thankful my parents didn’t give in to the pressure to get cable and encouraged healthy television habits. In college, my roommate watched endless trashy television, which gave me many sleepless nights. T.V. turned me off. The idea of dumping my television was not difficult for me. It might be difficult for you, though.
I should cover the reasons for ditching your television(s), but other writers have done a great job at covering these reasons for you. It basically boils down to three points:
1. Better health. Television is a leading cause of restlessness at night. Without proper sleep, our bodies are not able to rest. Couch potatoes are less active and more obese.
2. A fuller wallet. Cut the cable and you cut your bills. Avoid television and you avoid advertisements. Avoiding advertisements means you are less likely to spend money on things you don’t need.
3. More time. Television takes up an astonishing amount of time away from you.
The average American watches 35 hours of television a week.
35 hours a week!? That’s two and a half months of television in a year.
You could vacation for two months. Or read a dozen books. Or be fully rested every day!
Aside from a few laughs and bits of news, T.V. doesn’t give us anything. And we don’t give anything back. If you’re one of the millions of people that watches countless hours of television a week, it might be time to re-evaluate your television habits. It’s time to get those hours back in your life. It’s time to truly relax. It’s time to devote yourself to activities that feed your soul.
Let’s get more out of your life.
Ready to smash your television? There are two ways to do it: mentally and physically.
- Read a book.
- Make a meal from scratch.
- Go for a run or long walk.
- Do yoga.
- Get out your bike and go for a bike ride.
- Have sex. Preferably with your spouse.
- Play a board game.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle.
- Play with your pets.
- Participate in your favorite hobby.
- Create something with your hands.
- Knit a scarf.
- Build a bookshelf.
- Sculpt some pottery.
- Paint a picture.
- Get some extra sleep.
- See a show on stage.
- Learn to play an instrument.
- Volunteer at your favorite organization.
- Travel. Walk across town or fly across the country.
- Write. A book, poems, journal entries, letters, postcards, or post-it notes.
- Use a sledgehammer.
- Throw it out the window.
- Drop it off a building.
- Run it over with a truck or military tank.
- Drop a steel beam on it.
- Throw large rocks at it.
- Wii bowling with real bowling balls.
- Pretend it’s a baseball and hit it with a bat.
- Leave it on the curb for a garbage truck to crush it.
- Blow it up.
- Leave it in the possession of an angry gorilla.
- Set it on fire.
- Shoot it, Elvis-style.
- Smash it, Office Space-style.
Oh, and you don’t have to throw your television out the window.
Just unplugging it and dropping it off at Goodwill is enough. If you do throw your television out the window, let me know how that goes. I’ve never done it, yet the thought of tossing it off the balcony and watching it smash into the lake below makes my heart race.
Next time you’re about to turn on the television, consider one of the options above, or something else you’d love to do. Go do that. See how long you can go without turning on a television. I challenge you to try this for a week.
When you smash your television, you are free.
How will you smash your television?
*Photo credit: João Paglione