In modern-day culture, especially as represented by American society, the population struggles with issues of obesity, entitlement issues, and cycles of poverty couple with lacks of opportunity. Too many people simply seem to lack the psychological drive, or knowledge resource, to lift themselves from their dire circumstances. Arguably, one contributing factor, and one that is at least undeniably not much of a benefit, is television-watching.
It is no secret, just from looking at the massive amounts of advertising counts, viewership totals, and hot-topic relevancy that TV is, to put it simply, a big deal. With its entertaining programs available on hundreds of channels all hours of the day and night, it is easy to see why some people can become outright addicted, and even the average watcher logs several hours a day in front of the television screen. But there are significantly holistically healthier activities that could be pursued instead of all that mindless television consumption.
What better way to better yourself than through an increase of practical knowledge? Whether in the mechanical or liberal arts, in English or in Math, in specialized training modules or broad general topics, it is always a good idea to become a smarter, more qualified, more intelligent individual with more insights to offer the world and good old-fashioned know-how to fulfill needs. Consider taking a cheap class at your local community college to learn a new skill or just discover a fun subject.
Perhaps coupled with the new education gained and adequate preparation, starting a new business is a potentially very rewarding endeavor. Although it can involved substantial initial investments of both time and finances, and is inherently risky, if a great idea can fill a niche in the market than the result can be a fulfilling new career, a great source of revenue, and a foundation to build on for the future. Although not for everyone, taking an idea from the drawing board to the executive board can be among the most richly rewarding experiences you can have in life.
And when all else fails, just go out and have fun. Whether it is an active sport, a party game with a great group of friends, simply seeing the latest movie you saw a sweet trailer for, or otherwise getting off the couch and enjoying yourself, recreation is one of the necessary, vital components of the human existence.
These are, of course, remarkably general suggestions. However, it can be fairly easily inferred that, even with merely these handful of categories alone, thousands of wonderful substitutes for television-watching can be found. Television, like most other components of day-to-day life, is best pursued in moderation, before you realize that you could have spent those thousands of wasted hours doing something extraordinary instead.