Turn off the TV

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2008, 12:00am

Television is a creamy filling that distracts us from the substance of our lives. When we go shopping, we pick and choose what we want to buy. However, when it comes to watching television, many of us just watch whatever is on. We seem to watch TV just out of habit.

Some psychologists have found that watching too much TV can inhibit a person's ability to hold a conversation. One psychologist said, 'TV robs us of our time and never gives it back'.

The time we save by not sitting in front of the TV can be used for something useful, like our families or friends, or even taking a rare quiet moment for ourselves. Without TV, we can do something fun instead of something which is passively distracting.

Cherry Wong Ka-ying, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you, Cherry, for your very interesting letter. TV has become so fixed in our modern lives, I think people don't realise how much time they waste in front of it.

Children who grow up without television are forced to find other ways to entertain themselves. This means they have to play with friends and learn life's lessons. It also means they have to actively think of things to do, which exercises their creativity.

I wonder how much more we could achieve without TV.

Susan, Editor




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