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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Turn Off Your TV and Turn On Your Life!

This week's Every Monday Matters message is:
Turn Off Your TV and Turn On Your Life!

FACTS about Television in our society:

- 99% of all homes in the U.S. have at least one TV—50% have three or more.

- 68% of all 8- to 18-year olds have a TV in their bedroom and 49% have a video game player there as well.

- A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.

- Children spend nearly 2,000 hours a year in front of a TV, playing on the computer, and playing video games, compared to 900 hours in school.

- 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be seen on TV by a child before their 18th birthday.

- Roughly 70% of all shows include some sexual content, with an average of five sexual scenes per hour.

- 57% of parents admit to having some degree of difficulty in getting their teens involved in meaningful conversations; and, 74% of parents are not sure their teens are even listening when they talk.


+ Turn off your TV today. Tape the “No TV” sign to all TV screens so that you don’t turn it on out of habit.

+ Designate certain TV-free times throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.

+ Remove TVs from bedrooms, the kitchen, 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―
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 part of that 70%? If you gave up TV for just one day a week, you could exercise 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!!!
What is the Every Monday Matters program?

Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.

For more information about the EMM movement visit:
I personally don't watch much television.  I'd rather be outside when it's nice or on my laptop reading great blog post and talking to all of you. :-) 

My son watches a lot of history and cooking channels during school breaks.  He is usually too busy with homework during the school year.  Soon our favorite Sci-Fi show will return for a new season.  Then our Friday night ritual of Pizza and Sci-Fi starts up again.  I look forward to TV when it includes Family time. 

How do you feel about 'television' and it's 'power' over our lives?

Have a wonderul week, Everyone..... 'Turning On Your Life'!!
Blessings & Hugs to you All!

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  1. We worked hard to ensure our kids wouldn't be addicted to TV and videos. We played outside a lot, got them involved in sports, did board games together, did a bazillion crafts and generally had a ton of fun!

    ...and they turned out to be really great people! :)

  2. Your T.V. selections are good! I think people just don't realize how much T.V. they watch! The computer has replaced T.V. for me, I would get so much more done If I spent less time on it. Parents should not use T.V. as a babysitter for their kids, and need to closely monitor their watching. Even cartoons have guns and violence in them! Just because it's a show for kids doesn't mean it's good for them.

  3. When my daughter and I moved to Oregon, we decided not to get cable tv. We have Netflix so we use that when there's something we want to watch.

    I would rather get away from staring into the tv and create more or play outside.

  4. I love my soaps and reality shows but never turn the TV until 6pm. I don't have one in the bedroom as I read in one of my self help books that the bedroom is only for 2 things one is for sleeping the other I leave to your imagination.I have just bought a new TV but I don't believe in daytime tv.
    Most interesting post.

  5. I am turning the TV on before going to work to watch the news, and after that, the telivision is of no use to me as I spen more time reading blogs, or sleeping....

    this is a very factual post. thanks for sharing it.

  6. I don't watch that much tv really. But I find when I do sit down to watch it, I can watch it for hours!

  7. Great post with interesting facts. Thank you for posting.

  8. Great post - we are definitely over-televised as a nation.


  9. Okay, I just post my top 10 favorite shows and you tell me to turn it off :)lol

    I do watch mostly, history, PBS and discovery, though. Good post and sound advise.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. I watch very little tv, as I feel there is too much negative "programming", that literally controls our thoughts, and lives! Great post, Coreen! Thank you for sharing!

  11. I have my few favourite shows.. comedy, mostly. It's not the TV which holds me hostage.. but the computer. Help! ;)

  12. We do watch too much TV and it is a bad habit. I am trying to cut back!!

  13. Ironic you would post this on the day of my Top 10 TV Shows blogfest!
    I really don't live my life in front of the TV though...

  14. 90% of my TV watching in he last 15 years has been watching videos, it's a habit I have pretty much kicked and don't miss it at all, now, the internet, different story, lol, must... get... help...heh heh...

  15. I'm on my blog for majority of my free time. :)

  16. The figures you gave are staggering. I watch very little TV, only because most of the shows are so boring.

    I do like my movies, though but not as a constant diet.

    My problem is more the internet:)

  17. Ok, I am a baaad mom. My kids play their video games, watch youtube/their computer websites and have their favorite tv shows. Once their work, chores and exercizing is done, I don't care if they hangout and veg. They need the down time and heck, so do I.

    Personally I am looking forward to the new season of shows and the return of some of my favorites. A new hot Hawaii 5-0, Big Bang Theory to thursdays opposite Bones, thank heaven for Hulu and some scifi returnees. Happened to have liked Eureka, Haven and I am definitely a sucker for Say Yes to the Dress.
    Happy fall :)

  18. We don't have a tv in our bedroom. And I only dvr about 4 shows and watch them all at once about every two weeks.

    My thing is the 'puter.....yikes!

  19. Hi!
    Great post! I love being reminded of the statistics.
    We don't use our TV except for movies that we get from the library ot NetFlix.
    However, I do spend give-or-take 6 hours a day on my PC, between blogging/visiting blogs or FaceBook, listing things on eBay and Amazon, emails, etc. (while my daughter is doing her schoolwork-we homeschool-I am available-we are in the same room ;)
    But I have no use for TV, actually!
    Glad to know I am not the only one who thinks TV is a waste of time and bad for our souls.
    Blessings to you as you make your home!

  20. Incredible facts here! Wow. Still reeling.....

  21. your post really makes me take a minute to truly think about it...

  22. I have something for you over at my blog. Stop by when you get a chance:)

    If you don't do awards, you can just accept it and know that it is deserved.

  23. Such wise words! I used to watch a ton of I blog. At least I'm interacting with real people! :)


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