August 4, 2008, 6:00 am

My TV is Eating out My Brain

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Miscellaneous,Personal Finance
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I tell you, evil does exist. In fact, not only it exists but it is comfortably installed in your living room or, worst, in your home theater. Evil can take many shapes. As far as I am concerned, it is hidden within 42 inches of pure plasma pleasure. My TV is eating out my brain and it definitely affects my personal finance. Am I going crazy? I don’t think so; I think it’s already done!


TV Eats Brain

It’s a huge waste of time

I am not part of those intellectual who thinks that TV is getting people dumber. In fact, I really enjoy watching TV shows such as Lost or 24 and I don’t think that watching the show is a waste of time by itself. However, the TV effect on an individual’s brain is disastrous. It takes you away from your focus and asks your brain to slowly switching off all common sense and rational department of your head. This is even worst when you get into a series. For example, only 2 months ago, I started to watch 24 (season 1). Within 60 days, I watched 72 hours of it. I have seen 3 series and I just can’t wait to start the next one. This is where TV is getting a waste of my time. Instead of bloging or concentrating on my MBA paper, I watch TV shows.


It’s an energy drainer

There is one thing I notice when I start watching more TV than usual; I have less energy to do other stuff. I am under the impression that the more I become a couch potato, the less thing I can do after watching this damn piece of plastic. If I go on my Playstation or I watch more than 2 hours in a row, it is virtually impossible that I get up to do something else… besides going to bed 😉

Creativity shut down

Watching other people live is definitely one of the best way to keep your creativity level low. You are sitting and waiting to get fed by images and sounds. There are no interactions and therefore, no effort requested from your brain.

It’s time to become more selective

The only trick I found in order to not waste too much time on my couch is to become more selective. Therefore, I selected a few TV shows and stay with them. Watching TV a few hours a week is no big deal, in fact it is pretty good for relaxing. The problem comes when you need to play with the remote control!

image source: myvampiregirl

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I don’t even own a TV. However, not all TV is strictly entertainment, and I need to keep up to date on financial stuff, so I pay to have CNBC Plus ( streamed to my computer. Problem solved! If I really need to watch something, I can have someone tape it for me.

We watch tons of TV, even have two Tivos. We waste an incredible amount of time not thinking. Summers are always nice because we use our evenings to read and think again. Each of the past three years we’ve reduce our evening TV time, but stay hooked on the shows we really like. The bad shows we watch are just a symptom of our addiction that we don’t want to break apparently.

by: TKO from Ontario | August 5th, 2008 (11:52 am)

What even more evil that TV, TV Sitcoms on DVD.
The show 24 is the worst, just like Lays Patatoe Chips, you just can’t have one.

F’You Jack Bower, you’re worse than crack cocaine.

by: The Financial Blogger | August 5th, 2008 (8:56 pm)

24 is the worst show ever!
I can’t get it out of my head 😉 this would be the only reason why I would fail a MBA session 😉 LOL!

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WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT PHOTO of the stenciled TV eating the brain?? i’m just curious because i know the exact spot where it was taken! it’s in Torino, northern Italy, right in front of the headquarters of RAI, the national TV broadcast! i actually liked it so much i had to take a pic of it myself 😀 here it is:
btw, i totally agree about television being a brainwashing machine, you should see how awful it is in italy :S well, no wonder, with berlusconi in control of virtually all the media…

Hello Alan,

I took it from flickr (see image source at the bottom).

thx for reading TFB!