ARE YOU AN ADDICT?
October 1, 1987 Issue
A fascinating experiment on addiction was reported in an issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Not drug addiction. Not alcohol addiction. Not tobacco or candy addiction. It was television addiction.
A Detroit newspaper made an offer to 120 families in the city. The families were promised $500 each if they would agree not to watch television for one month. Thats right. They would get 500 bucks free and clear if they would keep the tube off for just 30 days. Guess how many turned down the offer. Ninety-three.
Serious pain accompanied the sudden cold turkey withdrawal from the plug-in drug. Remarkable things occurred, some almost bizarre. One lady started talking to her cat, while one couple stopped talking to each other altogether.
Miracle of miracles, several parents actually reported young children taking their baths at night without throwing a fit. Some (better sit down) willingly practiced their piano lessons. Were talking domestic revolution!
The results? Well, the no-TV-month families had to admit four facts:
1. Their family members were brought closer together.
2. More eyeball-to-eyeball time took place between parents and children.
3. There was a marked increase in patience between family members.
4. Creativity was enhanced.
Hey, lets do something about this, folks. Its a tough uphill battle, but it isnt insurmountable. Coming off addiction is always difficult. Getting off dead center is never a downhill slide, television included. It actually boils down to the correct use of two of the smallest things in your house--the on-off knob on your set and the simple, yet powerful word, "no." Establish some well-defined rules. Set limits, and don't overlook the addictive video game.
(The above article is reproduced from the GOSPEL ADVOCATE, 1/5/87 (p. 77). It Is so timely that I HAD to ask brother Kilpatrick for permission to submit it to this paper. In reference to the idea of the behavior the TV screen produces, see THE LIGHT, 8/86, (p. 8). Read article, "Young Ronny Zamora.")-- Tony Denton
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