Spending any time watching TV is highly antithetical to self improvement. This is geared towards men. Yes it’s useless for both genders, but women aren’t society builders. Their worth is derived primarily from their sexiness, so if they want to waste all their free time not associated with becoming prettier on utterly worthless ‘entertainment’, they have my permission. Finding an attractive, feminine woman who reads books for example (50 Shades doesn’t count) is like looking for a needle in a stack of needles. Men – on the other hand – are ranked on aggregate achievement so time is exponentially more important.
The other night I was hanging out with my – well, by now it’s been a few months so we’ll say she’s my non-exclusive pseudo-girlfriend (#54 that is) – and we decided to have a night in as we both had a long day. The usual drinks in hand, we consumed, watched a movie, and then got to talking as she put on some dating show. This was my first time viewing anything on TV other than sports (my bar is a semi-sports pub) in over 5 years and I immediately wanted to break the set. It was that vapid. For kicks, we cycled through a few shows until I made her put some music on instead, but in those 10-20 minutes I realized exactly how mind-numbing TV is. At least video games force interaction and can (arguably) improve memorization and organizational skills. I told her then and there I’ll gladly spoon her to a good movie, but I will never watch a TV show.
Name one non-educational program – anything – where you walk away a little better than before. I felt completely empty afterwards. I literally learned nothing and felt the same way as when I’ve gone on a date and it flopped. In contrast, sitting there talking about our past, opening up, and throwing back a couple shots was incomparably more fruitful.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been out of the ‘TV scene’ for so long, but even when I watched it I felt restless. In general, if you’re a man – stop watching TV. Just stop it. Find something else. Almost anything is going to be more productive (and fun). And if you’re with a woman who spends hours every day in front of the flat screen, you may want to reconsider your relationship. A couple shows here and there is fine, but if it’s digging into your time together, you have a problem.
The only possible justifications for watching TV are:
- Truly educational shows – sparingly. You can watch these while you eat, but even then only for specific reasons or if it’s really that interesting. There are very few like this. Most still give you 5 minutes of knowledge, 15 minutes of commercials, and 40 minutes of fluff. You’ll learn more in that same 5 minutes scanning Wikipedia.
- Movies. Doesn’t really count as TV because more thought goes into them and some provide valuable life lessons. At the very least DVR it so you can skip commercials.
- Educational shows for children – sparingly. Again, use with extreme caution. It can be tempting to shut your kid up for some ‘you time’, but that’s how ADHD and other ‘disorders’ come about – kids are built to run around all day until the fuel runs out, stuff something down their throat, and go back outside. That’s how you grow up
- Niche reasons. When I came stateside as a little boy (I’m European for those who don’t know), I had to learn American. Batman, Spiderman, and X-Men were my teachers of choice.
Do yourself a favor and go cold turkey, pronto. If there’s a show you can’t detach from, wait until the season is over, download it, and watch the whole thing as a single movie. Doing so will save you time now and help you realize how little you actually missed. Go make some money, work out, or mack on cuties instead – they’re all more worthwhile.