I don’t know about your households, but my household watches quite a bit of TV. My wife and I have a bunch of different TV shows that we like to watch. Each of these require at least an hour a week, so it definitely adds up. It may not be very beneficial on the surface, but it is a chance for us to relax.
Pros of Watching TV
First off, watching TV is very relaxing and a great way to hang out with a significant other. There’s just something about being able to come home and know that you’re going to be able to enjoy a new episode of your favorite series.
Secondly, some TV series/shows can teach you some things that you didn’t previously know. Before we got rid of our satellite subscription, I used to love watching HGTV and DIY Network. Both of these taught me way more than I could’ve imagined, especially shows on DIY Network. My wife and I were able to see a lot of different kitchen styles before redoing our kitchen last summer. This was super beneficial because we all know how many different options there are when going through a remodel.
Water cooler talk. This may seem like a joke, but we all know that our coworkers and family members talk about the latest reality shows at gatherings. Personally, if I didn’t watch any sports, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have much to talk about with my coworkers (especially on Monday morning during football season). I know this reason may not be very good, but networking and socializing on a personal level is very important.
Cons of Watching TV
It can be a massive waste of time. So many people spend way too much time letting their mind take a vacation and watching a TV screen. According to a study, the average American watches over 5 hours of TV per day. That is just crazy to me. Also, the study shows that children watch almost 25 hours of TV per week. I know some children’s shows are great for learning, but not very many. Those 25 hours would be much better spent playing games with friends or learning something new.
TV watching is not healthy at all. Sitting on a couch or a recliner doesn’t burn too many calories. If you’re watching TV while running on a treadmill then it may actually be considered healthy, but I doubt many people do this. Plus, who watches their favorite show without munching on some sort of snack? How about a bag of chips or some cookies? The show just seems so much better while eating. As you know, this just adds to the unhealthiness of watching TV.
It costs money (unless you just watch regular channels). As I mentioned, my wife and I got rid of our satellite a few months ago. Until then, we were paying almost $100 a month just on satellite. That’s a lot of money to spend on something that’s not very healthy for you. Now that we have just the regular channels, we don’t watch nearly as much TV and we’re saving money.
Should you Watch TV?
I won’t tell you that you should or shouldn’t, but I can tell you what I plan on doing. I enjoy my shows and sports too much to give it all up, but I do make sure to limit how much I watch. There is no way in heck that I have 5 free hours a day to spend watching TV. Because my wife enjoys a few of the reality and non-reality shows, I normally limit myself to 1 or 2 show series per season. This equates to about 2 or 3 hours per week. Then I probably watch 2 or 3 games a week which is another 6-10 hours. That means I probably average 8-13 hours per week (or about an hour or two a night). I don’t think that this is too much, especially when I’m able to be productive while watching TV. Most of the time I’m doing something else like writing an article while I watch TV. This makes the time spent on the couch with the TV on a lot more productive.
How about you? How much TV do you normally watch? Do you think this is too much or not enough?