Why keep the T.V on the down low?

20150808_191453.jpgI may be known for a number of reasons, but its safe to say watching lots of television is not one of them. I’m not the only one out there that tries to moderate their T.V intake as many have reasons why they feel that thier focus should be on other activities both career wise and recreational. If you are considering a life of less television here are some good reasons as to why it may be beneficial.

Taking away from people around you The world has many great people in it. By overwatching the telly you are limiting your chances of meeting them, and possibly making new friendships. While those on the screen might be great characters why not forge some experiences of your own with real people. Even the introverts among us can focus on our few closer friends a bit more.

Negative F.M So some programmes are worse at this than others. In particular the soaps and the News broadcasts. The soaps have declined over the years to the point that the “negative plots” have increased and since when did you find a news piece that was positive. While they do exist I’m sure you had to stop and think for a few moments.

Overeating Ever watched something and just got restless from all the passive sitting and then gone to get something to eat to find that before you know it you’ve binged?  Don’t worry I won’t judge as we all have (including yours truly). There are many studies which link television over use with binge eating.

Money The amount of money spent on not only the box itself but TV related paraphernalia is quite high. Many households actually have more TV’s then people and just imagine all the scart leads and miscellany required. Also have you ever rented a DVD to find you didn’t watch it before the return date. I’m sure we all have done it once in our lives. Wow that’s a lot of dough.

Some of us are innately “practical people” I’d often times rather sing (albeit usually in other languages). I’ve found a meeting of board gamers which is a good alternative “indoorsy” activity. Some of us truly are people who prefer to “do” even in leisure time.

Being with nature Isn’t mother nature wonderful? By putting down the remote you will get more chance of seeing different areas of our lovely planet. Even cities and built up areas can have their beauty.

Unrealistic expectations are created In both adverts and the programmes themselves the people are subtly un-natural. I say subtly as they don’t look un-natural per se but how many people do you see that look like these actors on your local high street. All the actors are made up by make up artists (yes even the men) which gives them a look superior to that of the nicest looking man or woman on the street. No wonder our teens have self-confidence issues.

Time Ever caught yourself in that spiral where you’d like to stop watching but you just can’t bring yourself to, and before you know it you’ve watched an extra hour. Once again I’m sure we all have. It’s believed that the average American watches around 34 hours a week. Some of those hours could be better spent on relationships with people or something you’ve really wanted to do.

Advertising is big business. The TV could be playing a role in purchases you neither truly wanted or needed. Adverts are made in such a way that they can tap into your subconscious mind and at least influence your purchasing decisions. It’s no secret that Advertisers will use every trick of human psychology out there in order to make you feel you need that purchase.

Is it always truly relaxing? We have all found ourselves watching something we barely care about. Sometimes we do is as we feel there’s “nothing better to do” and other times to procrastinate, but in those situations we feel neither relaxed nor entertained.

Creativity Have a lot of creative energy? or simply have a desire to be creative just for fun? More time spent consuming is less spent creating. Whether its drawing, paper mache, poetry or music if you have a passion for creativity then the box in the corner of the room might be one of the reasons you don’t embrace it as much as you might have liked.

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable

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Cynicism, not so bad as one might think?

20150717_200107.jpgHello Dear Readers

Not so bad I hear you say

Yes I really do mean Cynicism isn’t a bad thing to have. Cynicism is regularly seen by many as un-cool and something that increases with age  (according to a newspaper’s website). I’m here to prove that none of these myths are wholly true.

Sure Cynicism can have a “negative slant” on it but it does not have to by default. In my personal view Cynicism is closely connected with “being streetwise” and discernment. I certainly think levels of healthy Cynicism grow in people who have good discernment and have an “air of streetwise about them”.

One way of looking at Cynicism is to look at what has been said one party be they your friend or a politician. What has not been said might be telling and may tell a story of its own. This is where the Cynic will have some level of an advantage. The Cynic skill of “reading between the lines” can be a good skill to hold.

Another positive I see is the fact that the Cynic is not automatically trusting of every person in every situation. They are more likely to listen to their instincts.

I admire the power in those who hold the ability to see things as they really are rather than gloss over the not so great parts. While I also admire positivity I do think trying to pretend a situation is good when it’s entirely not (a false positivity of sorts) is in reality counterproductive. It really does help to realistically know what problems you are up against to then try to figure out a way of resolving them.

Cynicism however is not for everyone. Some people will see it as either a bad thing or “not them”, and there is a level of truth to the fact that it’s not for everyone. I think the world would be a different place had we not have had any form of cynicism and it likely wouldn’t be for the betterment.

I think that Cynicism has to be “mixed” with other feelings and states of being to be effective in its truest forms and to prevent it becoming a “negativity fest” ultimately turning the person to a state of negativity. This point also goes far to dispell the myth that Cynicism and Grumpiness are interchangeable. Cynicism can spiral into Grumpiness but it doesn’t have to be like that. In a balanced mind some level of cynicism can only be a good thing.

To be cynical is like not always choosing a movie with a happy ending. While we all love a happy ending the real world isn’t always like that. That’s where our cynic comes in. In real life there are neutral endings and sadder endings, and while neither give us the feel good charm that a happy ending would they still form part of real life

So being a “positive cynic” is the key to having a good set of positive values while listening to your intuition and “knowing when something really is too good to be true”.

And whats wrong with that?

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable