It seems there’s a growing trend to get rid of “the box.” And a good thing it is, too. I’m firmly convinced that the last thing you want in your house is a TV.
As a child in the 60’s, before we got a TV, our living room at night was normally a hive of activity. We weren’t a noisy family, in spite of there being seven kids, but there was a lot going on: cooking experiments, model planes, playing cards or board games, lots of pets to play with and a hundred and one other things.
TV put quite a damper on our communication. I don’t think anyone really noticed that we were suddenly spending all our nights glued to the box in respectful silence. It was partly the novelty of it I suppose, and the fact that the TV generated a similar level of background noise and an apparency of communication.
Education suffered too. My grade five teacher threatened to put a bomb under our TV when I used it as an excuse for not doing my homework. And it is true that my school work, which had been steadily improving, suddenly went into a permanent decline from that point on.
One could label this a problem in discipline, but TV is a pretty sophisticated trap that plenty of adults fall into too.
For kids it’s particularly disastrous. They need to be exercising both their bodies and their minds, finding their feet in this fast-paced modern world and working on those things that relate to their interests and ambitions, not just sitting there soaking up what’s dished out.
If you think you’ll miss out on some important information without a TV, you can always look it up on the internet. That way you’ll remain “in the driver’s seat.” Otherwise you’ll find the TV slowly casting its hypnotic spell on everybody, undermining your family unit and demolishing your kids’ natural creativity and energy.