I loooves me some TV, so it may sound strange that I am participating in TV-Turnoff Week–starting today. From April 23-29, crazy people like me will be shunning their “devil boxes” in an effort to turn off TV and turn on life.
What’s so wrong with TV, you ask? Well, according to the nonprofit group that organizes TV-Turnoff Week:
Television cuts into family time, harms our children’s ability to read and succeed in school, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and obesity.
They’ve got scads of other statistics to back up these claims. Check out these fact sheets if you want details.
Now I don’t want to go hardcore no-TV-ever, but I do want our household to try life without the TV for a while. What might we do differently as a family? Could it even have a positive effect on us? Would we eat a meal together and just talk (or babble) instead of watch TV???
Who knows? I’m just looking at this week as an experiment. At the end, I’ll let you know how it went.
Of course, we will be downloading Lost from iTunes and watching it on Sunday… can’t go without my Lost.