Are You Watching Too Much TV Shows? – Why Watching TV Shows Is Bad For You?24 Comments February 6, 2010 / Posted in Personal Development
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Watching TV is one of the world’s favorite leisure activities. Studies have shown that on average, people spend 3 hours daily watching TV shows. This is about 90 hours per month or 1080 hours per year. This is a lot of time that we can spend on other tasks that can help us to move closer to our goals.
I also find that the news on TV is not really helping us to grow and in fact, it can plant negative thoughts in our mind. These negative thoughts can grow and affect the way we think and act. I will elaborate on these points below.
Why I Quit Watching TV Shows
1. Wasting Too Much Time
Spending lots of time watching TV shows can be really counter productive. Imagine spending 3 hours daily doing nothing but watching TV shows that includes re-runs, commercials and negative news. How productive can you be? These 3 hours can be spent on things that truly matters instead. Such as doing tasks that will bring you closer to your goals.
I believe moderation is the key here. If you truly want to accelerate your personal growth, limit your time on the TV and spend those times on tasks that truly matters. Just a reminder, how is your New Year Resolution going?
2. Negative News
Negative news is all around us. Go pick up your daily newspaper and look at the headline or watch the TV news. Most of the time they are announcing negative news about recession, natural disaster, robberies or murders.
Negative news sells and I don’t think they will ever go away. If you walk past a newspaper stand and the headline is “Weather is good and the economy is stable”, most likely you will take a look at it, smile and continue to walk off.
But if the news headline is “Recession is coming and there may be a typhoon around your area”, immediately you pay attention to it and rush off to buy the newspaper to read more about it.
If you are constantly putting fearful and negative thoughts into your mind, it will start to turn negative and fearful. You may than find that you become more of a pessimist and it affect the way you think and act.
I had read articles and books on successful people and the one thing they have in common is that they protect their mind. They refuse to allow negative news that they have no control over to enter their mind.
There isn’t any use for reading negative information but there isn’t anything that you can do about it. You definitely do not want these negative news to affect the way that you look at the world (example: reading about robberies and think that the world is hostile). A strong and positive mindset is one of the best weapons that you can use in the pursuit of success.
3. Wrong Influence
The media have the habit to portray the wrong images to the audience. One great example; they like to portray the rich as bad people and the poor as good people. How many times have you seen a rich person and you think that he must be a jerk? Or you saw a beautiful lady and you think that she must have a flirty personality?
Most probably it is due to watching too many TV shows that show you this type of content and it have conditioned your mind to think this way. If you truly want to be rich and successful, you definitely can’t have the thought “the rich are bad people” in your mind. If you think the rich are bad, how can you possibly want to be rich? You are creating an inner friction in yourself that will slow you down when you try to achieve financial success.
I have not watch any dramas or TV shows for about 2 years. As such, I am able to use this free time to train for my marathon, work on my blog, create websites and study for my school work.
I wonder how much difference will it make to your life if you start to spend lesser time in front of the TV? How much more productive you will be? How much stronger will your mindset become?
As always, discussion in the comments section is welcomed.