Silence that Idiot Box

Last weekend, I read an excellent editorial by the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby. The premise of the editorial was that Americans, especially children, watch way too  much television. I think we all know this, but it makes sense for someone to point it out from time to time. Jacoby shares some startling statistics. Americans watch 8.2 hours of TV a day. This is in addition to the time that they spend on the Internet, which has its own issues. Still, the Internet is a very different medium from TV. Sure, I hear my critics and Jacoby’s critics crying foul. They want to highlight how education certain channels are. I hear this argument from people all of the time. Why would you want to watch the nature channel our outdoors channel when you could be outside in nature enjoying the real outdoors?

Why would you watch cycling if you could go cycling? There is a direct correlation between the obesity epidemic and the amount of TV that we watch. Turn it off. Get outside and move your body. It is s simple premise, but there must be something seriously addictive with the boob tube. The health care crisis that we face should address this. TV makes us sedentary and stupid. The advertisements on TV promote the worst possible foods. Americans are sitting in front of this electronic box and poisoning themselves. For the sake of the next generation of children, I urge you to read the Jacoby editorial and share it with others. They need to be reminded to turn the TV off.

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