Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
19.05.2010 - 19.05.2010 28 °C
Before coming to China, I had a bit of a TV addiction. I'll admit it. A few years ago, I'd come home and plop myself in front of the tube for 3 or 4 hours at a time. TV was not only a form of entertainment, it was also relaxing and my friend (I didn't really click with the people in my school at the time!). I tried to wean myself off of my addiction. The last year I spent in the US, neither my roomie nor I had a TV. But most shows are available online on the channel's website. Since it was a bit more complicated to turn on my laptop, find the website, and choose which show I was going to watch, I started watching less TV (probably 2 hours on average per day).
I have to say though that I'm not the only one who had or has an addiction to TV. On average, Americans watch 28 hours of TV per week (or 4 hours of TV per day). Those numbers don't really surprise me. You can't help but know what the latest, must-see shows are. They're advertised in the newspaper, in glossy magazines in your check-out lane, on the radio in the taxi taking you home, on the TV screens in your supermarket. You can't really avoid the hype unless you're deaf or blind. And naturally, you're curious. Who wouldn't be? I'm not exactly painting the most flattering picture of myself here (let alone of my fellow countrymen!). Hehe! But all I'm trying to say is that it's exceedingly easy to get distracted in the US and to lose focus of what truly matters.
Since I've been here, my TV's been unplugged. I have no English speaking cable channels, nor DVDs to watch (and even if my Chinese were up to par, I'm not into soap operas!). Youku (the Chinese version of Youtube) only has a limited selection of TV shows and movies. As a consequence, for the first time in a very long time, I feel as though my brain is unclogging. There's no more noise, no more fluff distracting me from my thoughts and my interests. And I find that I have many interests and opinions, that I might just be a little bit smart after all!