Here is a checklist of characteristics typical of people who watch too much television and other passive video. Twenty hours a week is too much (the average American watches 35 to 40 hours a week):
- Focus on immediate results and short-term goals.
- Look for quick solutions and expect instant results without putting in any effort.
- Multitask most of the time, so that you never fully engage in the experience of the moment.
- Shift responsibility to others.
- Criticize others while justifying yourself.
- Often compare yourself to others.
- Feel envy.
- Practice victimology—taking the role of victim in the blame game.
- Contemplate the things someone else has done to hurt you.
- Exhibit a bad attitude about most things, events, and people.
- Don’t exhibit gratitude.
- Label challenging situations as terrible or horrible.
- Spend time complaining about the way things are.
- Believe you are entitled to anything.
- Resent not getting what you think you’re entitled to.
Items on this list occurred rarely in American culture until the mid-twentieth century, when people switched from active living to passive watching. Passive watching eroded psychological development and emotional maturity. Our former active development time has been stolen from us as a society. This list is the sad but true result of surrendering to a passive video lifestyle. It is the blueprint of our society today.
Sometimes awareness of how awful the symptoms are, can help drive change to the root cause, that is, to stop watching, and start living.
See references, citations, and extensive development of this topic in THE BOOK Call of the Active Mind.
©copyright Robert Rose-Coutré 2016