September Resolutions Call for Less TV Time
If you’re reading this, your nose is clearly in a screen, but this month we’re challenging players to turn away from the one that many of us have mounted on our walls. You don’t have to set it on fire, but for September Resolutions, we are challenging players to watch less TV and spend more time exploring the real world!
Since the start of the year, our monthly Capture Streak badges have been centered around a year of personal improvement. Each month’s unique badge is dedicated to accomplishing another New Year’s Resolution. Like our Super Streak badges, you will be awarded a badge if you capture at least one Munzee* each day for the entire month. Each of the badges allows for the chance to work towards a different in order to bring about a year of positive growth and change!
Many of us lead hectic lives, and there is nothing wrong with unwinding on the couch at the end of a long day with your favorite television program. However, there is a difference between enjoying a show or two and having to continually confirm on Netflix that you are still watching. While you don’t have to give up television all together, there are benefits of limiting TV time.
Television has an influence on your worldview, and it is likely not an accurate one. Unless you’re only watching documentaries, it’s likely that you’re seeing a myriad of careers (from doctors to lawyers to police officers) inaccurately portrayed on the small screen, which subconsciously shapes how you view the world. In a larger sense, this sense of false reality submersion can create false expectations in life and lead to disillusionment with reality, adversely affecting interpersonal relationships along the way. The end result? Overall less satisfaction with your life.
It’s likely no surprise that television influences your spending habits, with the power of advertising becoming virtually unavoidable thanks to measures such as product placement and subliminal advertising. While advert advertising is easier to see, when messages are less obviously interspersed throughout programming, they can become harder to actively avoid. In addition, too much television drains your mental energy and impairs rational thinking.
And, of course, one of the main reasons why too much TV is bad for your health is because it robs us of precious time that we could be spending with real people in the real world. So grab the ones you love and head into the real world to discover what your surroundings have to offer. Of course if you happen to Munzee along the way, that’s just an added bonus!
* In order to encourage active gameplay we will not count Social Munzees for these capture streaks. If you know you’ll be in an area without munzees, plan ahead!