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Should TV be banned on one day of the week?

I haven't had a TV for fifteen years. I have a life. When I visit friends the TV is permanently on and sometimes with the sound turned down out of politeness to me. Yet when I ask them about current affairs or what was on their must-watch news program last week they can't say. To those that 'only have it for the documentaries' they can't discuss what they've seen a week later and the program was unlikely to have dwelt on 'difficult' issues long if at all.

So let's face it - TV is entertainment. Yes the news is entertainment too. Just think what people could do if they had 24 hours each week away from their dependency? Visit Aunt Flo, go swimming, learn the banjo, even read a book! Instead of watching some dumb cartoon the kids could be doing different things to suit their different ages. Instead of Aunt Flo vegetating in front of day time TV she's out shopping buying the ingredients, then making tea for the grandchildren then playing games and telling them stories. Add your own examples of benefits arising from taking people's comforter (or dummy) away.

So should Thursdays, say, be TV-free by national black-out?

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  • Mar 28 2013: I like the idea of not watching TV for one day, but I'd take it a step further and ban the use of the internet, emails, facebook, twitter,texting, computers and cell phones...give your full attention to some activity, for one full day (24 hours) that doesn't involve the use of electronic devices and social networking. Have a entire day when you are "off the grid", no one can reach you...do something for yourself or be with someone else and only with them, no distractions, for one day. Just think about how dependent we have all become on having the use of our phones and computers, on a daily basis....these devices have, for many, replaced their TVs.

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