Monday, April 18, 2011

Every Monday Matters!

Welcome back to the 2nd every monday matters! This week I found myself looking forward to this monday a little bit more, how bout you?

Today is about one of my favorite things, TV


  • 99% of all homes in the U.S. have at least one TV—50% have three or more.
  • 68% of all 8- to 18-year olds have a TV in their bedroom and 49% have a video game player there as well.
  • A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.
  • Children spend nearly 2,000 hours a year in front of a TV, playing on the computer, and playing video games, compared to 900 hours in school.
  • 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be seen on TV by a child before their 18th birthday.
  • Roughly 70% of all shows include some sexual content, with an average of five sexual scenes per hour.
  • 57% of parents admit to having some degree of difficulty in getting their teens involved in meaningful conversations; and, 74% of parents are not sure their teens are even listening when they talk.


  • Turn off your TV today. Tape the “No TV” sign to all TV screens so that you don’t turn it on out of habit.
  • Designate certain TV-free times throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.
  • Remove TVs from bedrooms, the kitchen, etc.
  • Make a list of activities to do besides watching TV―activities like reading, biking, swimming, walking, gardening, or socializing with friends. Then start doing them.
  • Avoid using TV as a reward―this only increases its power.
  • Be more selective about programming―choose historytravelcookinghome repair/design, and othereducational themes.


70% of people say that no matter how hard they try, they never seem to have enough time to do everything they need to do. Are you part of that 70%? If you gave up TV for just one day a week, you could exercise the recommended weekly amount necessary for healthy living, read over 20 books a year, or spend more time with your loved ones. Instead of watching reruns of Friends, go make some.


*danielle said...

Hey. I find that last line offensive. Reruns of Friends helps keep my sanity!

...Otherwise, I completely agree on TVs. I've already informed KR I don't want a TV in our kid's rooms or our room! And the violent/sexual nature of the majority of shows - even those geared for 10 yr. olds - really bothers me.

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