How to Cure Your TV Addiction

Here’s a foolproof plan to help you cure your addiction and get more out of life.
There is really nothing wrong with watching television. There isn’t any other medium that communicates with the senses so memorably and intensively. A research carried out in Sweden actually showed that children from households deprived of a TV were at a disadvantage in terms of general education and practical intelligence in comparison with the children exposed to a TV, provided the latter didn’t just sit continuously and consistently in front of the box. Sitting glued to the TV destroys its positive effects.
Here are a few tips for using the television in a helpful way:
1 – Watch a single program, and then take a break. Never just turn on the television. Find a specific program that you really want to watch. Make a conscious decision that you are going to turn it off immediately after watching the particular program and that you will make extra effort to withstand all requests to “Stay tuned!” This is particularly important when you are alone in the house or in a hotel room and you’re tempted to turn on the TV to counteract the unfamiliar experience of solitude.
2 – Delegating TV. When you are tempted to watch a particular program because you seriously feel that it may be of interest to you in connection with hobbies or work, ask someone else to watch the program and record it on video. Eventually, you can ask that person which part (if any) would be interesting for you. If there are any, you only need to watch the relevant parts on video.
3 – 50% withdrawal. Break the series addiction. Television series and daily soaps can be very addictive. If you have become addicted, try to watch every other episode. That way you will still get the plot, but you were able to successfully save time and it will be easier to get away from it after a while.
4 – The trick of just going away. There are times when you get caught up in film that is really worthless. Still, you sit in front of the box although you are not really interested and enjoying it. The remedy – leave the room while the TV is still on. Once the “magic thread” is broken, it will be way easier for you to realize that the program is not worth watching. Go back into the room and turn the TV off.
5 – Discard your rituals. Rethink and reevaluate your TV rituals. Can’t you live without the TV news? Think of other alternatives like listening to the news from a radio station. They normally give more detailed bulletins than most TV stations. This is an effective alternative for you to keep the TV news from becoming like a “gateway drug” that leads you to watch other evening programs.