Should you get rid of your TV?

The growth in digital devices that stream video is raising questions about the role of televisions in the home.

With so many device options for viewing television programmes as well as other video content, the traditional role of the television as the focal point for entertainment at home is changing. Now you can watch a programme streamed on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, as well as your television.

But many argue that we need to reduce our exposure to screens and given the way we use mobile devices, the screen we should eliminate is the television. Here are some reasons supporting a home without a TV.

You can exercise more, by using the time you traditionally watched TV as your exercise time. Instead of sitting idly on the lounge, possibly with an unhealthy drink or snack within reach, you can go for a walk, do a workout at the gym, or swim laps in a pool go body surfing at the beach.

Eat healthier by spending TV time preparing more nutritious meals. Here are some easy summer salad recipes and delicious green smoothies you can make.

Read a book you’ve always wanted to read. It could be a novel, a classic piece of literature, or something to help your career or your wellbeing.

Take up a hobby or an evening class to develop your creative side, or explore that special skill you’ve wanted to master since school. Improve your culinary skills with cooking classes and surprise your family with newfound recipes.

Get onto doing those tasks around the house that have been nagging you. You probably have a list a mile long of chores, repairs and the like that you never have the time to complete. Instead of watching TV, make a list and work through it. You’ll feel much better once you complete each job and give yourself even more time for other things once they tasks are done.

Of course, you can do all these things and still own a large flat screen TV. You just have to be disciplined in how you watch the TV and maybe use it as a reward once you’ve completed your “other” tasks, rather than the first option when you arrive home.