I spend a lot of time on this blog writing about TV and kids: What is TV’s effect on children? What are TV-free kids like? Without the “Babysitting Box,” how does one ever cook a meal?
But what about adults? For grown-ups who are in the habit of unwinding at the end of a hard day by channel surfing, or watching a favorite show, the prospect of a long and empty evening without the TV might be somewhat daunting to say the least.
If you are considering eliminating your TV, or at least reducing its use and are worried about how to fill your evenings, then here are some ideas:
- Read a book. (When is the last time you read a book? A recent, well-publicized poll found that 1 in 4 Americans read no book at all last year. If we take the glass half-full point of view, I suppose this statistic means that 75% did read at least one book last year. That has to mean something I guess.)
- Take a relaxing bath.
- Play a board game.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle.
- Take up a new hobby.
- Subscribe to a new magazine…and actually READ it!
- Write a blog.
- Write a novel!
- Write old-fashioned snail-mail letters to friends with whom you are losing, or have lost touch.
- Cook or bake.
- Organize that enormous box of photos that has been sitting there staring at you for years.
- Sell all your old stuff on Ebay and make a little money (in addition to all the money you are saving by not having cable anymore!)
- Go for a walk, hike or bike ride.
- Take a class at your local community college.
- Work on a political campaign, or for a cause you believe in.
- Learn a foreign language with some books and tapes.
- Listen to NPR, or a podcast.
- Listen to music.
- Listen to a book on tape.
- Read aloud to your spouse or kids.
- Plant (or plan) a garden.
- Sit and chat.
- Play (or learn to play) a musical instrument.
- Obedience train your dog, or teach him tricks.
- Linger over dinner or dessert.
- Have more dinner parties with friends.
- Start a bookclub.
- Sit on your front porch and chat with the neighbors or simply watch the world go by.
- Plan a vacation.
- Call a friend.
- Do a crossword, or a Sudoku puzzle.
- Do the Unplugged Project with us!
Any other ideas?
Thanks to morguefile.com and photographer Jane M. Sawyer for the photo.