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No, I’m not actually afraid of television. I am, however, unwilling to participate in the long-term effects of its daily consumption for extended periods. Though the mental health detriments may not be as noticeable as physical symptoms such as bruising, they should not be ignored!

On a related note, I really hate going into restaurants where TVs are everywhere. My group hates it just as much, because they do not have my full attention for more than a few seconds at a time before my eyes are pulled away against my will and suddenly I am engaged in a commercial for shampoo instead of making eye contact while talking to my mother-in-law. I hate that this happens, and yet it is still incredibly hard for me to avoid when put in that situation.

We love visiting friends whenever possible. If the TV is on while we are in the room with them, however, the visit suddenly becomes an impossible challenge. How is anyone doing any visiting if there is something demanding attention visually and aurally directly in front of where everyone is seated?! It is distracting as hell, and my friends deserve my full attention and constant eye contact.

Am I crazy? Don’t answer that. Am I crazy for thinking that TV is incredibly distracting? Answer that.

Information is exchanged minimally through verbal communication. The vast majority of information is exchanged through body language, facial gestures, and hand motions. If you want to have a real discussion with someone, shouldn’t it be in a place without a thousand competing distractions? Imagine what would get done if a business meeting with a room full of men was led in the middle of an active strip club. Don’t imagine too many details. The cleavage would win over the point of the business meeting, just as the TV wins out over the potential for quality time with friends.

Lastly, I can’t stand those high frequencies emitted in the background when a TV is on. :P