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Control your TV habit

Television should by no means be the ‘be-all and end-all’ of your life.Use it as a medium that will help you learn, not just entertain report Samir Parikh

education Updated: Jul 28, 2010 11:54 IST
Samir Parikh

Television is now an integral part of most people’s lives. It’s hardly any wonder then that people who constantly tell you, “switch it off, you are wasting your time”, have become a pain. It’s almost like no one understands you. But is that really true? Could it be that adults who are asking you to be prudent and restrictive in your viewership of television are motivated by some vested interest? Somehow, I’m sure that is not the case. They say such things when they see their child focusing on something that they feel is affecting other aspects of his or her life. So, what do you do?

Whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Remember, life is like a pizza: Life has multiple aspects to it. Each slice represents a different aspect, be it work, recreation, studies, time on the phone, time with friends, or time spent watching TV. All these aspects have to be looked at independently as well as in relation to each other. Always remember that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which basically means that all of these aspects taken together have more significance than any one of them in isolation. So, you need to focus on all these aspects.

TV is the salt in your life — all you need is a pinch. Never forget that TV is not the ‘be all and end all’ of your life. It is important but it’s not the only thing that needs attention. Moderation is the name of the game.

On the same lines, being sensible is something that is to be expected of any individual when it comes to their own life and how they lead it. That most directly means how you plan your day.

TV is not just for entertainment. TV has many uses. Besides its entertainment value, it is also a very informative medium and can be used to stay updated about recent events and also to learn about things, people and places. Make sure that you derive enough learning from TV so that, in your life, it doesn’t live up to its alternate name, ‘the idiot box’.

All aspects of your life are important. Ensuring that all relevant and important activities for the day are incorporated is a good way of planning your day. This helps in making sure that you achieve your goals and targets and don’t spend all your time glued to the television.

The author is a psychiatrist, and chief, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Max Healthcare