A World Without Television
Many people depend on television for their news, weather updates, and entertainment. Some would watch TV for at least an hour, while others would consume it for six hours or more. Likewise, households with two breadwinners tend to be places where adults allow their children to watch TV for long durations in order for them to work and conduct household duties. What will happen if the world has no TV? Possibly, everyone will be better off. Without TV, children will have increased physical activity and reading time, and families, including couples, will develop stronger relationships.
Devoid of television, children will be able to read and play more often. Kids can watch TV for hours from morning until evening if they can do so. As a result, childhood obesity has risen, while the practice of reading books has declined. If television is removed in their lives, they have additional time to read. They can read individually and devour different types of books that will be good for their literacy development. Likewise, they can read to each other and expand their vocabulary in ways that TV cannot. Moreover, sans a TV that distracts them, children can have extra play time. They can go outside to play sports or stay inside and do anything that involves physical movements, like dancing and role playing. All these activities are socialization activities as well that can help nurture social skills. A TV-less world can truly be a boon for the physical, mental, and social development of the youth.
In the absence of television, parents will spend additional time bonding with their children. Parents would have to admit that many of them have turned their TV into the nanny as well as a pacifier to active kids who crave their time and attention. Sometimes, even when these adults are doing nothing, they would rather spend time watching TV or doing other things instead of communicating with their children. TV, after all, will keep their children busy. If TV is removed in their family life, however, things will change for the better. Parents will devote extra interest in connecting with their children. Most likely, mothers and fathers would devise ways to ensure that their kids are active. They may play sports with them, read to them, or simply go out and walk together. Instead of watching TV, they can talk to their children with greater frequency which can boost the quality of their conversations. Their offspring may have enhanced openness to their parents and improve trust in the long run. Erasing TV in the household can solve communication problems when parents and children interact with higher occurrence and conduct diverse activities that they can all enjoy.
When television is gone, couples, especially married ones, can have better relationships if they spend time together as well as do things as individuals. Many married couples grow far due to lack of time for one another, especially when they consume TV shows instead of talking. Without TV, they will be forced to converse and in the process, learn about each other, such as how their day went and what ails them. Additional deep conversations are critical to the longevity of their marriage if they result in greater trust and love. Furthermore, with extra free time, they can have more “me” time as well. Personal space is essential to happy relationships as it enables self-development and private activities. Eliminating TV consumption can produce positive effects for intimate relationships including marriages.
A world that lacks television may not be so bad if it will lead to more time for books, physical activities, family relationships, and self-development. As long as the extra time is used productively, a TV-less civilization may be a better one. TV addiction will fall and quality relationships will emerge. Hence, take out TV and people may improve not only themselves but also their families and societies.