We all have our favourite TV shows or series that we enjoy watching and keeping up with the news. However I feel in my house most of the time the TV is left on as background noise. When I am home by myself the TV is never on unless there is a specific TV show I want to watch. I am starting to find TV more of a waste of time than anything, an item that just promotes anti-social behaviour for no reason at all.
Recently in Australia some TV shows that I enjoyed from ages ago are back on air. Namely being Celebrity Apprentice, The Shark Tank and even The Biggest Loser (although I use to enjoy watching the variety of workouts it is slowly becoming more of a drama than anything and it's really turning me off). I do not watch them religiously though. With TV stations now having online re-runs and catch ups I set aside the time needed usually on a Sunday to play catch up with the shows I enjoy watching. I like to call this Batch Watching. Not only does it save me time by not having to watch the ads they play every 5-10 minutes I am also never caught watching the show after. I am very specific on my TV show watching time and I am still trying to limit it more.
I often get asked, don’t you keep up with current events? To be honest I seem to be keeping up with what is happening in the world more and more on Snapchat, their news section is so short and to the point and I can get a vague idea of what is happening within 5 minutes.
I often reflect on my time at camp, it was the best experience of my life and I didn’t have any television for 3 months, I didn’t care what was happening in the outside world, and I was just living in the now.
Another common phrase is “there was nothing on TV last night” yet these people still dedicated a good 3-4 hours watching absolutely trash TV. I don’t understand it, if there is nothing on TV turn the bloody thing off and do something productive.
TV is getting so bad that I use it to put me to sleep, when I head to bed I throw the TV on and put a timer of 30 minutes usually on the TV and 9/10 times I am asleep before the TV turns itself off.
Last night when I turned the TV on the creators of Packed To The Rafters new show 800 words was on so I thought I’d give it a go. I actually really enjoyed it. I like the TV shows with some subtle messages behind it and the message behind the first episode was life is short, enjoy it, take risks whether they are popular decisions or not. It got my attention and I’ll give it a chance to see if it’s worth watching by adding it to my online re-runs schedule.
Children these days talk more and more about their video game achievements than anything else. It’s time to start limiting that screen time for children drastically. I often here but they enjoy it, catch up to the 21st century. What a bullshit excuse. You know what else kids enjoy? Theme parks, playing sport, being active, seeing their friends and I don’t see these people making much of an effort on that front. You know why? Because they are horribly lazy themselves and let a screen do the parenting for them.
I enjoy a good TV show (a rare as they are becoming) as much as anyone else. But like all things it is better in moderation. What is my favourite TV show? My favourite TV series without a doubt is Suits. I love the story line all the plots and twists and it’s time I make to sit down with my brother once a week to watch the show.
Make it a goal this week to recognise the times where the TV is purely background noise and turn it off.
It was strange the first time I did this I ended up turning on the radio that runs through the intercom system of my house. You can get all the relevant news you need from the radio and you are not confine to the comfort of your couch there is still room to be productive. Watching TV to keep up with the news just doesn’t float with me anymore. There are better alternatives. Go out there and make something of your day.
So what is your favourite TV show? And if you can rattle off 5 before you even finish reading this sentence then it is probably time to reassess how long you spend in front of the screen daily.