Drastically simplifying; Saying goodbye to the TV
I read the following in a magazine this week: Clutter is anything that gets in the way of the life you want to live. It really made me look again at some things that I normally wouldn't define as "clutter." I am always wishing I had more free time. It never clicked until last night that I have a decent amount of free time, I just choose to spend it with my television after the kids go to bed. I listed all of our televisions on craigslist today. I read in my Simplicity Parenting book last night that by the time the average person reaches age 70, they will have spent the equivalent of 7-10 years watching T.V. Right then and there I decided that I didn't want to give up that much of my life and my children's life to the television. Other interesting stats in this chapter:
- Multiple studies have now concluded that watching tv, even educational programming like Sesame Street, actually delays rather than promotes language development.
- EEG studies show diminished mental activity while watching tv compared to other activities.
- By 3 months of age, 40% of babies are regular viewers of DVDs, videos or TV. By 2 years of age, that percentage rises to 90%.
- Kids ages 8-18, spend an average of more than 3 hours a day watching TV, not including video games or computer time. When all media use is taken into account, the average use is 6 hours a day.