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Turn Off Your TV Week - Starts Today!!!!

I find it an interesting coincidence that National Downshifting Week and National Turn Off Your Television Week overlap. Yep, Downshift week began on Saturday and "No TV" starts today. The idea is simple: take your TV, your DVD player, your video iPod, and your XBOX 360 - and turn them off, and keep them off until next Monday. Putting the idea into action though might be a bit more challenging - I read that 40% of Americans watch TV during dinner.

Now, I watch TV like everyone else, but this week I am turning off the tube and keeping it off. I want to see what else I can figure out to do with my time. Since TV is passive entertainment I am planning some more active activities (I like the way that sounds). Instead of watching Grey's Anatomy, my husband and I have a tennis date. Talk about active entertainment (neither of us play tennis much, so our games are more comedy than competition).

To learn more about Turn Off Your TV week, check out this fact sheet. Plus, since you are not watching TV you'll have more time to read.

If you are afraid of missing your favorite show, fear not!!! BuzzSugar is not participating and will have recaps of all of your favorite shows.

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SU3 SU3 9 years
I totally agree Butrfly about must see Thurs! I can't seem to turn away from that night! But I will definitely try this the rest of the week! :)
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Luxury Diva...I won't pay for cable because I feel I'd be essentially paying $100 a month to virtually tie my kids to the couch. No thanks...get the heck outside and play! We stayed in an apartment during our move that had free cable and that's all they did. They'd get IRRITABLE if they didn't get to watch cartoons. Now The Man gets on my case about getting cable and I'm like, It's hard enough to get them to play outside when The Simpsons and Mama's Family (YES, Mama's Family, they're strange) are on! We're only home a couple hours a day at most.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Luxury Diva...I won't pay for cable because I feel I'd be essentially paying $100 a month to virtually tie my kids to the couch. No thanks...get the heck outside and play! We stayed in an apartment during our move that had free cable and that's all they did. They'd get IRRITABLE if they didn't get to watch cartoons. Now The Man gets on my case about getting cable and I'm like, It's hard enough to get them to play outside when The Simpsons and Mama's Family (YES, Mama's Family, they're strange) are on! We're only home a couple hours a day at most.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 9 years
Hard to do, as I watch the Atlanta Braves on the tube, but so far that is all I watched on Monday--only 5 innings. I will attempt to do better. As I leave town on Thursday afternoon, I only have to worry about today and tomorrow.
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 9 years
I recently had my cable TV turned off because my kids are TV fanatics! It's been like a month and they read a lot more without that "Idiot Box",as my Mom calls it!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I think that is a great idea Jendudley...only i don't have tivo...haha. my parents are already recording the tudors for me since i don't get showtime so i can't impose on them anymore!! haha_________________________________________________________Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I think that is a great idea Jendudley...only i don't have tivo...haha. my parents are already recording the tudors for me since i don't get showtime so i can't impose on them anymore!! haha _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
jendudley jendudley 9 years
TIVO, people! I am going to try this. I watch a TON of tv. However, I also enjoy reading, so tonight, when I get home from work, I will pick up a book instead of the remote. I can watch all of this weeks TV next week. Does that still count!?!?!?!
missnomi missnomi 9 years
I used to watch TV a lot, but I realised I haven't watched much since the new year! Instead I have sit down dinners at the kitchen table nowadays (no TV in the kitchen) and talk afterwards. I do admit to watching films on DVD though, occasionally.
BellaCalla BellaCalla 9 years
Umm yea. This is just not going to happen.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
That's what I thought! But that's the only TV I watched. Then Must-See Thurs. Night and I'll be good the rest of the week. Cross my heart. I do, however, agree that that should include limiting sittin on my butt in front of the computer time. No easy solution there, is there?
leigha926 leigha926 9 years
yeah there's no way i could do this...tv is how i de-stress from the chaos of college. noooo way.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Yea that won't be happening this week. Heroes comes back on and I can't miss Grey's Anatomy.
Phil Phil 9 years
Nope, this week will have to wait 'til the summer when all the finales are over. Not about to miss Heroes tonight or Lost on Wednesday!
7bits 7bits 9 years
Whew - I was reading the things and I was *Whew, don't have to turn OFF the computer"
GirlC GirlC 9 years
This is an interesting concept and I wonder if in this day and age - limiting surfacing and emailing should be included. I'm not saying do zero but limit personal email to 1 hour and surfacing to 1 hour, or something like that. I know once I get home from work I can get sucked into checking email a lot.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Sorry fit! I have to unwind to mindless stuff at night, and tv is how i do it! I don't actually watch anything but Grey's Anatomy and American Idol, but i must listen to Nick at Nite when i go to sleep. I still am going to do meatless monday though! :-)_________________________________________________________Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Sorry fit! I have to unwind to mindless stuff at night, and tv is how i do it! I don't actually watch anything but Grey's Anatomy and American Idol, but i must listen to Nick at Nite when i go to sleep. I still am going to do meatless monday though! :-) _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?

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