The television is one of the greatest inventions of our time. I know it sounds like a huge overstatement but we’ve normalized these days. When you think back to the time that television was initially invented it was wildly impactful. The 1900s will never be the same because of television. Even with only black and white images the television set was a useful tool for communication in government and public relations. It’s amazing to think about how one invention could create a behemoth of industry. Eventually the value and consumption of television eclipsed radio and beyond. And of course there would be no Netflix or Hulu without the invention of the tv. So there was a lot of value in television.
But the key word there is “was”. These days our mind naturally thinks of television as a bad thing. “It’s a waste of time.” or “It’s horribly unproductive,” they say. And there’s definitely some truth in there. We could do so many productive things with our time. In this day and age we’re always focused on consuming more and more while we end up doing less and less. It’s scary sometimes when I think about it. If everybody’s busy watching tv shows, who on earth is creating the shows. Somebody has to get up and get things done. If we get too lazy, the world stops working. And I think that’s why the world has a bad sentiment with television. But all you have to do is be responsible and manage your television time. So how many hours of television do you watch in a week? A month? A year?
Here’s my thoughts on how many hours of television I watch in a week, a month, and a year.
This is one of those questions that I would of really preferred not answering. It’s not that I hate the question. It’s just that this is probably the worst time for me to answer this question. But regardless, I’m going to follow my policy of straight-forward honesty. First things first, I haven’t watched broadcast television in months. The last time I vividly remembering watching broadcast tv was back in Jamaica on vacation this past summer. It was some silly nick show like Teen Titans or something. But the question doesn’t specifically say broadcast television. In this day and age, we’re all watching things like Netflix, and Hulu. So I’ll answer the question in regards of that point.
The last week I probably spent four to six hours watching tv. Ugh it makes me mad just saying that. That’s a day not a week. Six hours a day watching tv. That’s unbelievable but that’s the truth. I’ve been watching Youtube videos on my television for the longest so that takes up a big amount of time. And yeah I could watch it on my laptop but I prefer to lay in bed and browse Youtube on my playstation. It’s not the same exact things as watching tv shows but it’s very similar. It’s clearly a lot of time spent in front of the tv. I could do so much in the world with six hours a day. So in total it’s about 42 hours of television a week. That’s pretty much a fulltime job!
It’s insane thinking about it like that. And of course when I think about my last month it’s probably worse. In the last month I haven’t been doing much. I stayed in the house pretty much every day for the last thirty days. I have been in a pretty trash mood. It’s hard trying to battle your mind and stay productive at the same time. I’ve been pretty much giving up. I’ve just been in bed watching Youtube videos all day. Then I would probably play some video games for an hour or two. That surely can’t count as watching television. But who knows at this point? Either way, I’v spent a lot of time on the tv in the last month.
And you know what makes it worse? I don’t remember half of anything that I’ve watched on tv in the last month. There’s no specific show or movie that stands out in my mind. When I think back about all that time spent in front of the tv, it’s all one big blur. That makes me feel really sad. That’s the definition of wasting your life away. And that’s something I’m just not okay with. Nonetheless, taking away two hours because I play games, it’s a little less. All in all, I probably spend around 120 hours watching my television set in the last month. I don’t know what’s normal for an average american but that number is way too big for me. I hate being unproductive yet that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Anyway, I’m not going to sit here and make it seem like things were better for the past year. I’ve been acting like this for pretty much the whole year. Actually, it’s been almost two years of me living in constant state of mediocrity. It sucks so much thinking about it all. And then when I think of the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time in the hospital. Sometimes it’s a week or two just in the hospital. And when I’m in the hospital, I watch tv literally the entire day. It’s the only thing that relaxes my mind from being in such a shitty place. So if I add those weeks in, the number goes up for the whole year. It would be about 1,920 hours of television.
That’s an absolute mind-fuck. I’ve spent almost 2,000 hours watching television all year long. I would rather spend that time asleep doing nothing than mindlessly watching a moving screen. I’m sad. And for some reason I feel like that number is much lower than the actual stats. Either way, I’ve learned something from this post. I wasted a lot of time this year. I wasted a lot of time this month. And I’ve definitely wasted a lot time this week. I’ve got to do better. I don’t want to look back on my life years from now and remember nothing but a screen. Screw that thing. It’s time for a change. I believe the television adds a lot of value to society. But I’m glad a took an audit of my time using it because now I know it’s doing more bad than good for me right now.
I’m done living life in a constant zombie like state. No more wasting my life away in front of screen. The great only get one life to be great!