1,672 Hours/Year

April 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm 1 comment

On average, that’s how much time American’s spend in front of their televisions. If that thought sickens you, next week is for you.

TV turnoff

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The TV Turnoff network (formerly TV-Free America) is an organization that tries to encourage children and adults to watch less television and so have more time for a healthier life and more community participation. It is a grassroots alliance of many different organisations.

Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness is the international organizer for Turnoff Week, which was launched by Adbusters in 1994. The organization’s previous names were TV-Turnoff Network and TV-Free America. So far over 30 million people have taken part and the organization estimates that 20 million people took part in 2007.

TV Turnoff Week this year is April 21-27

Since the public schools are out next week, this is going to be an understandably big challenge for some families, but if you have enough time, you can plan your days so that the absence of television is not felt. My son is actually looking forward to it, I guess because he knows we’ll be doing other things for fun instead, and not on the computer, since we’re going to go media-free, except for work and, of course, Splitting Hairs.

For ideas of what to do with your kids:


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  • 1. Anne  |  April 18, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Screen (TV and computer) addiction is overwhelmingly easy to succumb to. This is a good reminder to kick the habit, at least for a week. It is a good experiment to see how life might evolve without their constant presence. FH, especially the Gardens is especially pretty at this time of year, so, let’s reach for our walking shoes instead of the remote, as a start. Better for our brains, hearts and waistlines!


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