• Don’t Be a Television Zombie

    by  • April 13, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples

    If you let it, your television will slowly rot your mind. Although there is no science to back up my claim, my theory is that if you sit in front of a television set 24/7 for the next ten years, you will be a zombie. A very dirty, smelly, emaciated zombie. And that’s really no life to lead, is it?

    To avoid such a terrible fate, I suggest you could to the following five things instead of watching television:

    zombie bob 47Read a Book

    You might be shocked to discover that books still exist. And there are a lot of really good ones to read. They still have libraries where you can check them out for free! Remember libraries? Here’s some bonus fun… read a book to children.

    Learn to Play a Music Instrument

    Some time ago, my brother decided he was going to learn to play guitar. I thought he was crazy: have you ever seen all the little strings you have to hold down to make it sound right? But he learned, and a few years later, I did too. I’m no Eddie Van Halen, but it’s a lot of fun.

    Learn Another Language

    Wow your friends and family with your knowledge of a language they can’t speak. Imagine the fun of going to a foreign country and actually being able to talk to the residents in their own language!

    Get to Know Your Neighbors

    You’ll be surprised how rewarding it can be just to get to know the people you live near. New friends are never a bad thing, especially when they might someday be able to walk your dog when you’re on vacation!

    Talk a Walk

    You can restore a little sanity to you life by taking a nice long walk in the evening. Look at the stars, walk your dog, stop and smell the flowers. Taking a walk is a wonderful way to wind down your day, not to mention burn off those calories from dessert!

    If you didn’t have a television in front of you, how would you fill your time?


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.