So this year's TV Turn-Off Week has come and gone. Are the problems of the world solved? No. But our kids watched less TV than usual, right? Let's find out.
So far this season, the average TV household watches 58 hours and 38 minutes of tube (nearly two and a half days!) During Turn Off Week, those same TVs were on 57 hours and 27 minutes, merely an hour less. And that's an uptick of three hours a day, compared to last year's festivities.
What does it all mean?
Did people watch less TV? Sure... a whole 2% less. That's roughly equal to an episode of Desperate Housewives
, two episodes of Life on a Stick
, or the maximum amount even the most dedicated Rosie O'Donnell fan could watch of Riding the Bus With My Sister
. Does that constitute a success? Is it a true victory for the anti-TV gestapo?
Who knows? It could mean that this year's TV offered better choices than last year (no The Mullets
!), so fewer sheep switched it off. Or it could be a statistical glitch.
Or, most likely, people just didn't participate, out of a conscious decision- or ignorance. I'd like to think TVGS readers ignored TV Turn-Off Week, horrific and misplaced idea, in pure defiance.
I agree that there may actually be better ways to spend time than sitting in front of the tube. But there are plenty of worthwhile, high quality, occasionally educational choices to be watched as well. Parents need to step up, and stop blaming the media for society's ills.
Except for the Rosie movie. Man... there's no excuse for that one.