How aware are you of mindless escapism? The first thing I thought of when I heard this was television. TV is definitely mindless, we can all agree about that. But are watchers trying to escape life by blankly staring at the screen, or do they watch for enjoyment?
My least favorite monthly bill is the cable bill because it is so expensive, and I feel like I’m paying for us to waste our lives doing nothing. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy programs on TV, I can lose myself watching Portlandia and How I Met Your Mother marathons easily. I don’t think I would actually miss anything on there if I were given the option to read a book or go DO something. I’m going to watch less TV and see where it takes me.
All in all, I think that television is the main contributor to obesity. Encouraging people to stay and watch those extra minutes of whatever, sitting on the couch, doing nothing. The blame doesn’t fall only on TV, but on those that watch it. What’s the remedy? Just pick up that remote and TURN IT OFF! Go try something new, don’t just come home and sit in front of the TV and call it your plans for the evening. You might have a meaningful conversation! :)