With more than a hundred channels and thousands of programmes coming on TV, it has become difficult to maintain a balance between family and TV life. Yes, you read it right. TV seems to have become an important part of family time.
In fact, the television is now more important than any other member in the family. Some studies have also proven that television has ruined many relationships and negatively affects family life.
1. TV has become more important than family: In today's fast paced life, there is no time for a family to sit together, talk or eat peacefully due to erratic work hours and job demands; however, TV seems to be on top of the priority list of each family member. This has caused loneliness, sadness, and even depression, according to some studies.
2. Your day starts with looking for the TV remote: What is that first thing you do when you open your eyes? Do you look at your partner and smile? Or do you straightaway ask him or her for the TV remote? You might not even realise but you probably start your day by making your partner sad. Learn to watch your actions more than the TV. It might save your relationship.
3. You've cancelled plans with your partner to watch TV: You promised your partner in the morning to take him or her out for dinner. Now, it is a bad idea to cancel the plan just for the sake of your favourite TV programme. You can't even imagine its impact on your relationship and how it makes your partner feel. Is the TV really more important than your partner's feelings? Think again!
4. You compare your real-life marriage with reel-life: When you watch too much of something, you start imagining yourself living in that (unrealistic) world. You start comparing your partner with the actor playing some character on the television and find reasons to fight with your partner. This makes your partner feel less worthy and creates a gap between you two.
5. You are addicted to television: You fought with your partner last week but you don't seem to be making any efforts to kiss and make up. All you do is come home late and turn the television on. It doesn't matter to you if your partner has smiled in all these days but a particular scene on the television could make you smile. Watching you glued to the TV disappoints your partner and could even lead to separation between you two. This addiction is more dangerous than the fight itself because it creates a widening gap in the relationship due to less communication between you two.
The television is there to entertain us and our family. It should never be the replacement for our valuable relationships. Please don't forget, it's just an idiot box. Don't make yourself look like a fool by falling in love with it. Too much of watching television negatively affects your relationships.
You family life should be on top of your priority list. Turn your television off and learn to spend more time with your loved ones. Reel happiness can never replace the real happiness that comes by being with our closed ones.