{Day 14} of our 40 Day Media Fast, and so far so good. I’ve had to break the ‘No Internet’ rule a couple of times, but other than that it’s going great.
I have been reading the Ensign (all from this year) and studying the scriptures. I am surprised how many times I have read about media. It may not be a whole article devoted to the dangers of media, but little snippets here and there. It’s been wonderful and has really opened my eyes.
Then in the Relief Society lesson yesterday we read how President Smith believed that advances in technology “can indeed become the blessings if we utilize them in righteousness for the dissemination of truth and furthermore of the work of the Lord among men.”
He then said this, “The great challenge facing the world today lies in the use we make of many of these inventions. We can use them to destroy, as we have sometimes done in the past, or we can utilize them to enlighten and bless mankind, as our Heavenly Father would have us do.”
(Teachings of Presidents of The Church: George Albert Smith)
Another great excerpt I read from my “Book Of Mormon Verse by Verse” says this about 2 Nephi 15:20.
“The purpose of this earth life is to learn to distinguish between good and evil. Some people are working hard at blurring our view of what is right and what is wrong. There aremoral absolutes…So much of what we call enlightenment is really the opposite—darkness. Much of our sophistication is really degradation.
On a very personal level, this verse is a stark warning. God knows what we know (or are watching, listening to or looking at). He knows what is in our hearts, our intentions. Baptized members of the Church cannot rationalize wrong behavior on the ground of ignorance or political correctness. President Spencer W. Kimball said, ‘I challenge any normal baptized person who says he did not know he was doing wrong.’”
Makes you think twice about what your favorite TV shows are, huh?
So today I’m going to help you out a little bit, well actually LDS Living is. When you first saw my 40 day Media Fast did you think that was the craziest thing you ever saw?
Actually I had a lot of positive feedback, thanks!!
Well, if you or your family is having some problems turning off that T.V. here’s a little help from yet another LDS Living article.
First let’s share their statistics.
The television is on for 6 hours and 47 minutes each day in the average American home, adding up to 250 billion hours of TV watched by Americans annually. That’s a lot!
Even infants and toddlers—up to two-thirds of them—spend two hours a day watching TV. And all that television watching can lead to some negative effects. With such an early start, most children will have seen 200,000 violent acts on television by age 18 and viewed 40,000 commercials per year.
(From LDS Living magazine)
The article then shared a few stories from people. Here is one of the stories.
”Brittany Nelson, a mother of four in Gilbert, Arizona, reflects on her family’s experience with television when she was a teenager. When her family was making a move to Hawaii, her father and brother went there to find a place to live. Their apartment had no television, and when the family arrived, their experience was a catalyst for deciding to try living without TV.
‘It was hard. My younger sister . . . and I would walk up to BYU-Hawaii, and use one of their television sets to watch our shows,’ Nelson says. But, ‘as the weeks went by without a TV in our home, my sister and I started noticing how offensive our Thursday night programs were. Since we weren’t exposed to it on a daily basis, we were used to living without the profanity, the immorality, and the scandals. My sister and I argued a lot more on the days we watched TV. About six weeks after moving there, we didn’t want to see the shows anymore. We were happier living without them.’”
Next they provided
20 Ways to Unplug From TV
(From LDS Living)

1. Make rules for watching times. For instance, allow only one hour a day or one day a week, excluding weekends, that kids can watch a program or a movie, and they all have to decide what to watch together. Or, simply do not allow television unless homework and chores have been completed for the day.
2. Designate certain days when no TV is allowed. Sunday is a great time to cut out the TV and focus on things learned at church or read in the scriptures. Get children involved by having them list what they learned and then have them give a mini-lesson before bed.
3. Break out the board games. Games are a great way to have fun with friends and family. Some popular games include Apples to Apples, Mad Gab, Life, Monopoly, Scrabble, Phase 10, Taboo, Boggle, and Scattergories. You can easily spend hours laughing and interacting with friends.
4. Plan weekend activities to fill up time. Don’t get stuck at home on a Saturday just watching reruns of your favorite sports games. By planning activities, you decrease the risk of defaulting to the TV. Look for projects you could do around the house, set up a day out for a family hike, start a gardening project, or visit a museum or park.
5. Give yourself and your family a “time exchange.” For every half hour you or your kids spend watching TV, spend an hour outside doing some sort of physical activity or reading a book. This is a great way to keep you or your children fit and mentally engaged.

Have any of you accepted the challenge of joining in on my 40 day Media Fast? If so how is it going? 
Are you thinking of starting your own media fast?

2 thoughts on “20 Ways to Unplug from TV: From LDS Living

  1. Durante

    My favorite one is #4; I find the most effective way to keep the TV off is by just finding more fun ‘other’ things to do that bring us closer together. What’s great about that is they rarely complain or even notice that we’re not watching tv.

    Thank you 🙂


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