You may find this shocking - I don't have a tv in my house. I had one and hardly ever watched it from the time I started blogging. Along the way, I was donating money to cable tv as we never turned on the tv except if there was a world cup soccer competition. Then we terminated our subscription. Eventually, the tv broke down and we never knew until a guest asked if she could watch a program so we threw it away and never bought another one. It has been 5 years and I feel I have not missed much in life.
Here's a very interesting article.
This technology does not require interactive skills or critical thinking acumen. Just watch and fall into a daydream trance. TV is the stealth killer that penetrates 114.7 million American households. According to Nielsen, the 2012 Universe Estimate (UE), reflects a reduction in the estimated percent of U.S. homes with a television set (TV penetration), which declined to 96.7 percent from 98.9 percent. Should this turn down suggest promise or is it merely a result of internet substitution?
With the proliferation of cable channels and 24 hour programming, the landscape of TV addiction vastly impacts perception and dramatically excludes normal interpersonal relations. Melissa Melton cites the following in her article, TV: Your Mind. Controlled.
“According to last year’s Nielsen report, the average American over the age of two years old watches more than 34 hours of television per week, plus at least three more hours of taped programming. The report also noted that the amount of time we spend watching television increases as we get older.”
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