Have you seen that bumper sticker? The one that reads, "Kill Your TV?" I chuckle every time I see it, yet the chances of my ditching my TV any time soon equal the chances of me turning out a gourmet meal. Ain't gonna happen, people.
Writer's magazines are interesting on this point. The majority of magazines urge writers to "turn off the TV." The rue it as time-waster that destroys the creative impulse. But I have read the other side that says TV can not only spark creative ideas, but watching how dramas and sitcoms are structured, as well as paying attention to dialogue, makes TV a real learning tool.
I tend to lean toward the "tv eats your mind" side. I pulled a muscle under my left shoulder blade and have been semi-miserable the last couple of days. I didn't feel like doing anything last night so I plopped down on the couch in front of the TV about 6 and--I'm embarrassed to admit--didn't move until 10.
My head was pounding by the time I went to bed and I was restless in my sleep. TV overstimulates me, in a bad way. I woke up a couple of times in the middle of dreams based on the TV shows I'd watched that night. I felt fidgety and mentally tired all night.
So I'm going to more closely monitor my viewing time. I'm sure I waste enough brain cells as it is--no need to speed up the process.
Everyone have a great--and TV free--day.