Television: the new parent for our children.

Bar graph illustrating the increase in the number of televisions per household from 1975 to 2010. In 1970, almost all households had one television. In 2010, a strong majority of households have 3 or more televisions.

(photo compliments of marketingprofs.com)

While lounging on the beach at Ocean City, MD, a woman vacationing with her family mentioned she had been on the beach every day while her husband and two sons spent the time inside the water-front hotel room on the boardwalk (a premium location) playing video games and sleeping.

Anyone else find that odd?

You pay for a room for a week in a city with dozens upon dozens of awesome outdoor activities, and the family stays inside, absorbed in screens?

On a similar note, does anyone find it the slightest bit odd that living/family rooms are designed around the television?

What happened?

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Television is evil and it’s rotting your brain

back of kid's head as he faces a large snowy television screen taking up the whole photo

(photo compliments of civin.org)

I stand firm for a movement against screen-run lives. Technology is taking over my life.

In my goals, I noted that “tv=evil.” Let’s extend that to all screens: phones, video games, computers, tablets, iPods. (Yes, I understand the irony of blogging this information.)

Reasons to war against excessive media use:

  • You sleep best when it’s dark, don’t you? Who needs to mess with an already erratic sleep schedule by staring at a bright light after sunset?
  • Ever noticed that when someone’s eyes are glued to a screen, it’s challenging to call them into the real world? It’s annoying and rude. Let’s not be those people. Two more reasons

Patricia Rossi, of “One Minute Manners,” shares a lesson on stopping gossip

(Image courtesy of http://www.patriciarossi.com)

Speaking of Sandra Bullock, celebrities and the evil of gossip, I saw this tweet:

RT @GeoffsWife1962 Check this video out — Patricia Rossi’s Gossip Mannershttp://youtu.be/

My favorite quote from Patricia Rossi in this video is: “My favorite retort to to gossip is ‘Oh, lord. I have way too much to fix in myself than to use my time and energy talking about Myrna.'”

View the One Minute Manners video here

Leave Sandra Bullock alone. Is it irresponsible of the people to reinforce the gossip industry and invade celebrity lives?

Sandra Bullock Jesse James actress blindside movies films marriage

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If you’ve walked through a checkout line in the last few weeks, you’ll see pictures of a distraught Sandra Bullock splattered on the front pages of fluff gossip magazines. The big news in America: her husband Jesse James has been cheating. (Yes, this is the news we should be reading.)

I’m sure that after discovering that her husband of five years has been unfaithful, her utmost desire is to be photographed liberally and smeared across pages of substance-less magazine covers. Isn’t that what you want after a break-up or negative, dramatic life event?

Well, the truth is, it’s our fault that she has to put up with that kind of harassment.

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Nightlife relies heavily on drug use. No wonder drinking and drug use is rampant.

I’m a I’m a 22-year-old female college student, so my Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights must involve applying 8 coats of mascara, straightening my hair, and trying on 18 “outfits” before opting for two pieces of fabric that only dolls consider shirts and skirts.

After hours of this productive routine, I love to go to a club or bar where I demonstrate my class by pounding back as many drinks as possible (is there any other way to look attractive?), developing drunken tunnel vision and deciding that my time is best spent “dancing” (aka spazzing like someone with an IQ of 50 trying to imitate an adult entertainer) on top of a shaky table.

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