What Matters Most?
- 99% of all homes have at least one TV and 45% have 3 or more.
- 56% of all 8 to 16 year olds have a TV in their bedroom.
- A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.
- Children spend 1,023 hours a year watching TV compared to 900 hours in school.
- 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be see on TV by children before their 18th birthday.
- Roughly 70% of all TV shows include sexual content, with an average of 5 sexual scenes per hour.
- On average, 38.5 minutes per week of meaningful conversation happen between a parent and their child.
Take action today!
- Turn off your TV today.
- Designate certain TV-free time throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.
- Remove TV's from bedrooms, kitchens, etc.
- Make a list of activities to do besides watching TV- activities like reading, biking, swimming, walking, gardening, or socializing with friends. Then start doing them!
- Avoid using TV as a reward- this only increases its power.
- Be more selective about programming and choose history, travel, cooking, home repair/design, and other educational themes.
70% of people say that no matter how hard they try, they never seem to have enough time to do everything they need to do.
Are you a part of that 70%?
If you give up TV for just one day a week, you can exercise for the recommended weekly amount necessary for healthy living, read over 20 books a year, or spend more time with your loved ones.
Instead of watching reruns of FRIENDS, go make some!
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)