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Tune In to a Healthier You

Time to Turn Off Those TV's!


3/21/2017 2:11:55 PM

LSIG14's SparkPage
I very seldom watch TV but I certainly waste an awful lot of time on social media - and I include Spark People in that category. Maybe we should unplug home computers and spend the time exercising instead of blogging and we'd all be healthier!
3/18/2017 9:00:32 AM

I have not switch on a TV for years. I'm on the internet more now. Reading articles and other stuff online.
12/21/2016 10:15:54 AM

Don't just be TV free. Unplug. It's only been 15 years since we started to plug in constantly and now FOMO dominates the scene. Leave social media, mobile apps (this is one too), and don't constantly check your phone ... it can be as paralyzing as the TV. It's nice to be connected when you need it but FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is epidemic.
9/1/2016 2:31:49 AM

Spending time with family is the real precious thing.
7/8/2016 9:48:59 AM

MAYIE53's SparkPage
I rarely watch TV and am asking myself why I bother to pay for the monthly cable which isn't cheap. With the advent of the PVR/DVR I haven't seen a commercial in years. Use the computer but in moderation. Continue to read read read (which also is not very active) and don't want to give that up.
7/8/2016 9:23:10 AM

SIMPLY_JAE's SparkPage
ok confession time.. I use TV more like a radio meaning I am always doing stuff while the tv is running.. I would like to turn it off for good..wish there was a Spark Group about this
4/15/2016 3:54:56 AM

KELLY48647's SparkPage
My tv is off more than it is on. My grandchildren turn it on when they come to visit. It has been off for several days since my grandson was here, and won't likely come back on until my granddaughter visits this weekend. I am guilty of spending too much time on my computer, but if I turn it off I won't be able to visit sparkpeople, pay my bills, or do necessary work. I know I am often on it much longer than necessary, but I would not be able to turn it off for any length of time because there are things I must do online on a regular basis.
3/2/2016 1:18:47 PM

JACFRANK's SparkPage
When the TV is off, the whole family is usually sucked into smart phones, laptops, or tablets. At least if we're watching TV we actually talk to each other. Small screen times end up being silent in the house.

It's easy to say not to allow any screens, but the kids' homework (and schoolwork) is done on laptops/tablets/internet - they don't even have text books anymore. So there's a balance between letting the family be tech-savvy in today's world and completely unplugging.
1/26/2016 10:15:50 AM

PUPPYBUG's SparkPage
It looks like the new website for TV Turn-Off Week is and this year, the week chosen is May 2-8.
12/1/2015 7:31:15 PM

CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPage
Tossed out the TV some 30 years ago . . . haven't missed it a bit.

So much more of life to experience . . . who needs a laugh track and a bunch of talking heads telling ya what to think?!

Get outside and live today!
9/29/2015 9:32:36 AM

We aren't great TV watchers, but I've noticed we've all switched to smaller screens instead. Phones, tablets and laptops. Crazy. Thanks for this reminder to get up and do something else instead.
11/12/2014 6:28:53 AM

MYAKAYAH's SparkPage
TV for the most part is off for me, its a giant ad or reality TV junk I have no interest in!
7/30/2014 7:26:56 AM

BLUEJAY1969's SparkPage
I'm more of a computer junkie! The TV is only on for about an hour a day but the PC is on constantly! I need to change that!
2/12/2013 11:14:44 AM

I did this 12 years ago and haven't turned on the TV since except to catch some breaking news. I need to adapt this for the computer though.
11/12/2012 10:06:12 PM

MISSLISA1973's SparkPage
My problem is more the computer than the TV. I do watch some TV, but I am in front of the computer almost constantly. It's so bad, I don't know what I would do without it... and not just at work, but even on my own time!

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