I don’t watch TV, when I’ve told some people that they seem to think I spend my days reading. I don’t read books either. So then they tend to think I’m some kind of strange hermit whittling away at wood or spending my time in some other “strange person” kind of way. Thing is, it’s not about time at all.
I’m as capable of wasting my time as anyone who gets up in the morning turns the TV on and then only turns it off again before they go to bed at night, even staying up later than they might want so they can see the end of some show they’ve just spent 30 mins not really watching but thinking what they might do at the weekend or where to holiday.
It’s not about time, it’s about content or lack of it, even with 100s of channels. And being treated as an idiot by content makers on TV. Think about it and tell me, one day you started watching a TV show only to say “who watches this dribble?” then that dribble become your choice in a selection of dribble.
I can recall a time in the UK when we only had 3 or 3 TV channels to choose from. At that time, if the wasn’t anything interesting on the TV it wouldn’t be turned on at all. People would look first and then choose. As more channels were added it became easier to find TV programmes you might like to watch and over time we all became brainwashed into thinking we had to find something to watch because “watching something” become “watching TV”. So the thought process of finding something interesting to do shifted from – look at the TV listing> find it > watch or not – to – Turn on the TV > find something to watch, anything, even if you have watched it many times before.
This process, for me, followed the same path as drink alcohol. Couldn’t find anything I liked, so rather than drink anything or watch anything, in this case, I just didn’t, and I feel so much better for doing it. Not in an evangelistic way, but in a tidy mind way. I gained control.