Track TV Time
How much television do you watch? Do you even know?
Here are two startling statistics that may surprise you:
- According to the A.C. Nielsen organization, which tracks television use in this country, the average person spends a whopping four hours per day watching TV.
- Another survey (The American Time Use Survey) found that watching television accounts for about half of the leisure time for the average person.
What can you do to reduce your screen time? For just one week, make it a goal to keep track of your TV time. Keep a chart by the main family TV and take note of the hours the TV is on each day, what shows are being watched by whom, and then rank what you watch on a scale of 1-10.
How does your family compare to the national average? Once you know how much time your family watches television, the next step is to try to cut back — a bit at a time. Turn the TV on a half-hour later each day, and turn it off a half-hour earlier.
Note to Parents: Do you automatically turn the TV on when you walk in the house or into a room? Try waiting a half hour or so before hitting the "on" button. Use the time to talk about your day or prepare dinner with your kids — perhaps you could even take a quick walk. Remember, children learn from your example.