Why Television is a Great Life-Waster
I’m committing to lessen my TV viewing this year (or at least make sure that I spend more time in fruitful and productive activities than in watching TV). This means that I have to cut some time off in prime-time viewing and spend more time in reading books and writing articles. I have to say good-bye to my favorite soaps.
John Piper commented on this issue:
“Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age. And, of course, the Internet is running to catch up, and may have caught up. You can be more selective on the Internet, but you can also select worse things with only the Judge of the universe watching. TV still reigns as the great life-waster. The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. It’s facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels”1.
What can you say?
1John Piper–John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2003), 120.