The average UK viewer spends 4 hours a day watching TV (source)! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching Premier League during the weekends and I won’t try to persuade you to throw away your television but it’s obvious that most people spend way to much time watching TV. This also includes computer time which seems to steal some of the TV time for younger people. The major difference is that you can actually track your computer time and block time stealing sites.
The rule I’d recommend you to follow (it’s a tweetable):
If you change channel during commercial – turn it off!
It reminds me of how a lot of people act in the kitchen. They go through all cabinets, check if there’s anything good and then eat the least worst alternative.
When you watch TV, you go through all the channels and pick the least worst TV show. It doesn’t have to be good, just better than the other alternatives. When commercial comes on, you change channel and forget all about the previous show. You couldn’t care less about the show but it keeps you occupied.
The simple solution is to pull the plug! We often watch TV because of our habits. You come home, turn on the TV and sit down in the sofa a few minutes to relax. By pulling the plug you’ll have to make an active decision every time you turn it on. Which show will I be watching? Will I enjoy it? Is it worth the time?
I love football and used to watch it as often as I could. Then I pulled the plug and started to question my decision every time I wanted to watch a game. Will it be a great game? No, probably not. Do I care about the teams? No, I don’t. Do I even care about the league or know anything about teams? No, I don’t.
Well, then I shouldn’t be watching it!
Pull the plugg and make it an active decision when you watch a show.