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Peter Fox

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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 30 2013: ......from Nielsen
    The average American watches 35:34 (hours/minutes) of TV per week

    Kids aged 2-11 watch 25:48 (hours/minutes) of live TV per week

    Adults over 65 watch 48:54 (hours/minutes) of TV per week

    -to some this looks tolerable. To others, it looks insane.

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