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Learning Versus Watching TV As Entertainment

If you are a regular reader here, you know I’m against wasting time watching too much TV (especially reality TV).

In the defense of TV though, it’s a quick and easy for of entertainment.  In fact, I would go so far as to compare it to going through a Drive-Thru line at a fast food restaurant like McDonalds.  It hard to ignore when the prettiest actresses and most handsome actors are calling out “LOOK AT ME” on the TV screen…

If you can avoid the temptation of TV (hard as it may be, including for me), perhaps you could take up the task of learning something new for fun?  Not only can such endeavors be fun, they can also be financially frugal to boot!  Now I’m not saying go and buy a book on Calculus, or Latin (unless that’s what you enjoy).  What I’m talking about is any form of learning, whether it be learning to play the piano, hacky sack, or even juggling.

The key is to learn something that you didn’t know before that could give you enjoyment either knowing how to do or play it.  For instance, when I was in college, there was a bunch of us at my dorm that would go out in the courtyard or parking lot, form a circle and play hacky sack.  While this activity was simple to learn in concept, it took a week or two to develop the skill to be decent at it.  Many of us would always carry a hacky sack in our book-bag when we were on campus.  With hacky sack you can play it alone or with friends, it’s a great quick, physical, social game.

The same could be said with anything that could be learned,  Perhaps poems is your thing, such an activity could be done any time and if you didn’t have paper on hand, you could repeat it in your head until you pound it into something that you enjoyed.  If not poems, then perhaps jokes or analogies.

The benefit of such topics of learning is not only will they entertain you, but also make you smarter and help you keep your wits about you.

Now I’ve just scratched the surface, but for example of learning, consider my starter list:

  • Art – painting, sculpturing, writing, etc.
  • Learn a foreign language, or multiple languages
  • Learn geography, or other forms of knowledge.
  • Politics – This one is actually huge and everybody should consider learning this!
  • Law – If you know what other can and can not do to you, that is power.
  • Cars, computers, constructions, shooting and really anything that you don’t know.

What about me?  Blogging is the activity that I’m continually learning about….




And at this point, I would like to segue into the recent carnivals that I’ve been included in:

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Totally Money Blog Carnival at Stupid Cents
Carnival of Retirement at Passive Income to Retire
Yakezie Carnival at Watson Inc