Consumer Reports forgot the fifth question to consider when you buy a TV…
Here is a picture I took from an issue of Consumer Reports (one of only two magazines I actually read):
But they forgot question #5:
What am I willing to give up for this?
Sure, there is the cost of the unit, which, if you are reading a TV-buying guide probably isn’t pocket change.
But what about the time you spend in front of it?
What about your dream?
What about improving yourself for your current job?
What about your family?
What about your spiritual walk?
What about _____?
Are you willing to give up all of that or a piece of that?
Every day that I drive to my office near downtown Fort Wayne, I pass the home of Philo T. Farnsworth (pictured right), the inventor of the television. It was Farnsworth’s son who later conveyed his father’s feelings about his invention:
There’s nothing on it worthwhile, and we’re not going to watch it in this household, and I don’t want it in your intellectual diet.
He might have been on to something.
I’ve heard so many speakers and authors ask the question:
What are you willing to give up for your dream?
But I am asking you the reverse question:
What are you willing to give up to watch more TV?
What dream are you willing to stop pursuing?
What goal are you willing to quit on?
For you, it might not be television. It might be the very device on which you are reading this. It might be something else.
But when you ask the question this way, I think you begin to realize the absurdity. You’ll realize quickly what is most important to you.
And I sure hope it’s not that fancy new big screen.
Question: How much television do you watch? What would a little less time allow you to accomplish?