According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches 3 hours and 46 minutes of TV each day (more than 52 days of nonstop TV-watching per year). By age 65 the average American will have spent nearly 9 years glued to the tube!
- Number of TV commercials seen in a year by an average child: 30,000
- Number of TV commercials seen by the average American by age 65: 2 million
- Percentage of Americans who believe that "most of us buy and consume far more than we need": 82%
No wonder we are a country of over consumers. We have so much stuff and are encouraged to purchase even more. We feel that we need more money to support our lives, yet we keep spending more and more. More money is not the answer. Spending less is the answer. We need to prioritize what is actually needed rather than try to purchase to fulfill our needs. I know that I am much happier now that I don't have this endless desire to accumulate stuff. It is forcing me to examine my self and what makes me happy.
What I have found makes me happy is having less stuff. Choosing to live a much more sustainable lifestyle. Not giving in to advertisements. I know that I can free up resources for those who are in need by my choice to consume less. I think too many people don't think about their community and are only out for themselves. We need to start thinking about ourselves as one member in this world.
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