National TV Turnoff Week (April 22 ? 28) Offers Challenge

National TV Turnoff Week (April 22 ? 28) Offers Challenge

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Television is such an ingrained part of American society that many people base their daily regimen around what is on that evening. They spend more time watching TV than doing anything else. Accord
Rowan Profs Love Their TV-less Lifestyles

Television is such an ingrained part of American society that many people base their daily regimen around what is on that evening. They spend more time watching TV than doing anything else.

According to the TV-Turnoff Network, on average, American children in the will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours). What?s more, 40 percent of Americans frequently or always watch television during dinner.

Because of these statistics and others like them, the TV-Turnoff Network challenges Americans to tune out rather than tune in during the week of April 22 to 28. Families are encouraged to spend time doing other activities, such as reading, playing games and enjoying the outdoors.

Does giving up TV for one whole week sound like too much to ask? Rowan University Associate Professor Sanford Tweedie doesn?t think so. He, his wife, Roberta Harvey, who is also employed at Rowan as an assistant professor, and their two children, ages 5 and 14, watch little to no television on a regular basis. In fact, the Woodstown family doesn?t even own a TV.

It all started about eight years ago when the Tweedie?s family television was stolen and they made a conscious decision not to purchase a new one. Now the family spends more time reading and enjoying other activities as a family.

When asked about how his lack of television affects him, Sanford states that he <+>feels in control of his life rather than being controlled by it.

<+>We have plenty of other things to do. Watching television just doesn?t make it onto our priority list, so why buy one?<+> Tweedie says. <+>We can?t eliminate television. It is too engrained in our society. But watching less television would force people to learn how to entertain themselves rather than believing they should be entertained by others.

To lean more about the National TV Turnoff Week challenge, visit http://www.tvfa.org/week.htm.

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