Americans, as a collective whole, share many passions. They are passionate about their sports. They are passionate about their country and its values. They are extremely passionate about food. However, the thing that I feel America is most passionate about is the television. A study compiled by TV-Free America actually stated, “In a 65-year life, that person will have spent nine years glued to the tube.” http://www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html
That is unbelievable; it shows that average Americans spend seventeen percent of their time, not just awake time, but actual time, watching television. By the time, that person has reached sixty-five years of age; he or she will have spent nine years watching television.
People everywhere always seem to want to discuss with me what they are watching on television. This bores me to no end. It also annoys me, because, first, I do not watch television, so I do not have a clue what they are talking about and secondly, I have never been someone who liked to watch anything, I like to do. It seems to me that people know more about their favorite TV star than they do about their own family, and maybe even themselves. I was once at a family get together when the mood of conversation between two women turned very serious. I began to listen as the women were talking about someone they both knew who had been through a terrible sequence of events. I thought to myself, I have never known anyone to have that bad of luck. I then asked the women whom they were talking about, wondering if I may no them. As it turned out, these women were disusing a daytime Soap Opera. You would have thought these women were talking about their best friend.
Americans would rather watch something than actually do it. I am amazed at the number of “so-called” reality TV shows. There are “reality TV” shows for everything, from the Ultimate Fighter to “Hogan Knows Best” to “The Bachelor and so, so many more.
I was recently at my...