It’s pretty easy these days, whenever we are feeling bored, or just have a moment to spare, to space out front of the TV and let Netflix work it’s magic for hours at a stretch.
The thing is – as writers have been warning about for some decades now – TV doesn’t do as much good for you as certain other forms of entertainment, and if you spend too much time spaced out and absorbed in your favourite shows, you might be missing out on all kinds of other, more authentic and fulfilling entertainment options.
Sure, TV is plenty entertaining and all that, but it’s the kind of thing that’s probably best to take in moderation. Just as Spotify is a cool tool, but doesn’t compete with local bands for hire for a wedding, TV doesn’t match up in many ways to more hands-on forms of entertainment.
So, here are a few reasons to turn off the TV and go for some more authentic entertainment options.
More hands-on forms of entertainment connect you to other people
Watching a TV show with your partner, or family, could kind of “connect you” with other people. But as a general rule, TV watching is a pretty passive and solitary kind of thing.
On the other hand, a lot of the more hands-on forms of entertainment out there specifically connect you with other people.
Playing board games with your friends is going to lead to a lot more banter, in all likelihood, than watching soap operas. And going to a concert with someone is probably going to be a much more intimate experience than WhatsApping them a YouTube link to a song you like.
Your imagination is a powerful tool – don’t let someone else create all the images that occupy your mind
One thing that you’ve got to say about TV, is that it can be really visually amazing. Especially as graphics technology has improved, it’s now pretty easy to spend a whole show or film awestruck by the special effects on display.
The thing is – the fact that you’re getting those visual effects streamed directly into your brain, means that your imagination doesn’t come into play much at all.
When you’re reading a good book, on the other hand, it’s all imagination – and the pictures that work their way into your mind and soul are ones that you’ve created, internally, with the help of the author.
Your imagination is a really powerful tool – so give it some work to do.
There’s no reason why you can’t develop yourself while entertaining yourself at the same time
It’d be pretty hard to argue that watching TV was “productive,” exactly. If anything, it might just be the most passive form of entertainment out there.
Other forms of entertainment, though, can develop you in some pretty meaningful ways, while also being fun and giving you a sense of purpose.
Beating your friends at a game of football or tennis will get your blood pumping, get your endorphins rushing, give you a workout, and feel pretty good at the same time.