I heard in the news last week, that the big switch to digital TV has reduced the rating numbers for news shows. Hurray! Maybe the American public has made the healthy, in my opinion, decision to get rid of their old TVs and not replace them. I would like to think that this is the case, however, I’m afraid the opposite may be true. Those who no longer have a TV that picks up the local signals are procrastinators or not informed about the switch.
For the record, we have not had a television for 25 years and we haven’t missed it. Our family of six actually have conversations at the dinner table, play games, go for walks together and everyone is a great reader. My children all get good grades in school contrary to public opinion that Sesame Street is a requirement for literacy. We aren’t consumed with the latest disaster played out in living color 100 times a day, nor do we need a talking head to tell us what to think about politics and world events. We aren’t bombarded by mind numbing commercials and sitcoms written for 12 yearolds. Yes, we read the Wall Street Journal, we are connected to internet news and we listen to the radio. It is enough information to keep us informed citizens.
My challenge, if your TV doesn’t pick up the new signal, toss it and try living without it for one month. Try thinking, eating, shopping, voting, dressing yourself and using your imagination for a change. Instead of watching someone else play ball, take your kid to the park or start an exercise routine at the local gym. Without a TV, I predict that your stress level will decrease and you will live a more independent, healthy life. Anyone up to the challenge?