I killed my TV at the beginning of this year. The commercials were the final straw for me, not only their frequency but the ridiculous
substance...consumer slaves they are striving for, constantly leading people beyond their means and practical needs and wants.
Benefits - the almost proverbial now, get more stuff done, spend more time with family and friends, creative juices began spilling out of me, read
more books and spent more time outside with fresh air and sunshine.
Now when I visit people with the TV on, it is strange watching them stare like a zombie, unable/willing to carry on a conversation.
As far as staring at shiny rectangles, I now spend a lot of time here, but the difference is this is interactive and I am able to learn so much, on my
own and with others.
I remember some documentary that pointed out that most "successful" people do not watch TV, for the most part. It really does occupy much of one's
Objectively, I understand why people dig it. Most people are so strapped with responsibilities, family and work and stress, that unplugging at the
end of the day is their only escape and it is both convenient and comforting.
As far as health improvements, I noticed I am able to better carry on conversations, as if there is more continuity in my thought processes. I can't
help but think TV contributes to ADD. If you watch it and begin counting at each scene change, rarely does a scene last beyond 3 seconds.
I took a class in Psychophysiology and learned that the attention span in the 50's was 45-55 minutes. Today's span is 9 to 15 minutes, and yet our
learning institutions have not changed the structure of their classes. Hmmm, like a square peg in a round one if you ask me.
[edit on 14-7-2010 by speculativeoptimist]