At this point, I am more unplugged that I ever thought I would be! As a SAHM, I sometimes miss the human interaction that the Internet affords me, but I am happy that I am spending more time on things that matter. My house seems more peaceful and I feel much less stressed out than before.
Today, we are taking it to an extreme. I want you to think about how much television you and your family watch. While doing some research for this post, I found some really interesting information.
Did you know that the average American spends up to 34 hours a week watching live TV? That’s not counting movies and what we watch on the Internet.
One study found that for every hour spent watching TV, our life expectancy decreases by 22 minutes. (To put that into perspective, for every cigarette smoked, life expectancy supposedly decreases by 11 minutes.)* Can you believe that?!
There is tons of research out there that shows that we make unhealthy food choices while watching TV, and of course we get no physical exercise while we’re sitting on the couch.
If that doesn’t convince you, check out this article. It has tons of really interesting info regarding the pitfalls of watching too much television.
So today’s challenge deals with the amount of time we spend in front of the TV.
Challenge #11-Keep a running tab of how much television you and your family watch today. Just keep a post-it on the kitchen counter and make a note of times that the TV is on. At the end of the day, look at how much time you spent in front of the TV, and make a plan to cut that time in half.
If you’re anything like me, a trip to the library for tons more books is in order!