Too Much TV?
Watching television is a common way for people to spend free time. TV shows can teach us about the world, show us an interesting story or make us laugh. It's normal and healthy to watch TV from time to time. But sometimes people spend too much time in front of the TV screen.
The TV itself isn't bad, but it takes time away from other healthier activities you could be doing, such as hanging out with friends, playing sports, playing a musical instrument or spending time with family. Americans between the ages of two and 17 spend an average of 19 hours and 40 minutes watching TV each week!
If you're like the average American, odds are you should cut back on the amount of TV you watch. Below are some ideas to help you cut down.
- Set Limits. Set a limit on how much TV you will watch per day.
- Make a Plan. Plan what programs you want to watch before you decide to watch TV.
- Record shows. Tape your favorite shows instead of watching them that day.
- Make a list. Start a list of things that you'd like to do during your free time, and add new activities whenever you think of any. Post the list near your TV. When you feel like watching TV, check your list first to see if there is something that you would rather do instead.
By Katie Ransohoff, high school student writer
Reviewed by the Web Content Committee of PAMF
Americans Can't Get Enough of their Screen Time, Center for Screen-time Awareness.