What I noticed first of all, was the quiet. Not even the hum of the fridge and freezer disturbed the silence. Next I noticed I had a craving for a cup of tea, or any hot drink. After I spoke sternly to myself about mind over matter, I began to relax and fetched my current book (White Crane-Samurai Kids, by Sandy Fussell - review coming soon). And that's when I really started to enjoy myself!
Turn Off Week is a wake-up call to those of us who find our lives dominated by TV, or any form of electronic entertainment. It's a time to examine how much of our time is spent glued to a screen. Instead, there are suggestions for families to have a meal together, play a board game together, or get active and go for a walk. I would also like to suggest reading aloud to each other, or creating something beautiful. How about playing word games in the dark, and saving electricity at the same time?
It's important to get our priorities right where screen time is concerned. (I loved the quote from one young man giving feedback at Screentime.org: "I really didn't like TV-Turnoff Week except that I did notice that my grades went up and I was in a good mood all week.") There's nothing inherently "bad" about our electronic age, I believe, so long as we keep a balance. I've been turning my computer off an hour early, a habit I very much needed to adopt, and catching up on some more reading.
Any minute now, my grades will go up and I'll be in a good mood all week!