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TV Addiction Quiz
By Katherine Westphal
TV Addiction Quiz
By Katherine Westphal
According to Nielsen Media Research, Inc., the average American watches for 4 hours 32 minutes every day. The time people are spending in front of the TV, in spite of the warnings about obesity and other negative effects, strongly suggests that America has a serious addiction problem. In fact, a Scientific American study found that acts like an addictive drug.
This quiz is a fun assessment of TV's influence in your life. Does it occupy an inordinate amount of your time, attention, and living space? Does it get in the way of other activities? In short, does your control you or do you control your TV?
Are you addicted to TV? Find out now:
1. Do you have more than one set? Yes  No 
2. Do you watch more than 2 hrs of per day? Yes  No 
3. Is your family on for over 4 hours per day? Yes  No 
4. Is the focal point of your Family Room a set? Yes  No 
5. Do you have a in your bedroom? Yes  No 
6. Can you turn off the in the middle of your favorite show? Yes  No 
7. Do you ever rush home, speeding or driving recklessly, to catch your favorite show? Yes  No 
8. Do you eat dinner while watching TV? Yes  No 
9. Do you schedule your life around your favorite shows? Yes  No 
10. Can you tell what time it is by which show is on? Yes  No 
11. Can you turn
off the now and leave it off for three days? Yes  No 
12. Do you ever mindlessly surf through channels? Yes  No 
13. Do you need to unwind or fall asleep after a hard day? Yes  No 
14. Do you need to help wake you up in the morning? Yes  No 
15. Do you watch more than you talk to your family? Yes  No 
16. Do you ever leave the on longer than you intend to? Yes  No 
17. Do you feel you watch too much TV? Yes  No 
18. Have you ever missed an important event, because you were watching TV? Yes  No 
19. Have you ever tried to quit watching unsuccessfully? Yes  No 
20. Do you have difficulty limiting the time you spend on the TV? Yes  No 
To calculate your score:
For all questions, except for #6 and #11, give yourself 1 point for every "Yes" answer and 0 points for every "No." For questions #6 and #11 give yourself 0 points for every "Yes" answer and 1 point for every "No." Add your total.
Your total: ____________
If your total is 6 or under, you are more in control of your than your is in control of you. Still, keep an eye on how much you watch to make sure your time isn't displacing your other important activities. A addiction can sneak up on you.
If your total is between 7 and 14, you are probably somewhat addicted to your and will have to work to control it. Try making a schedule and planning lots of other fun, healthy activities to keep your mind off the TV.
If your total is 15 or over, you may have a serious addiction problem. You may need to take extreme steps, including getting rid of your TV, to get in control of the time you spend watching TV. It will be worth the effort, however.
Life is too short to waste it in front of the TV.
Katherine Westphal is the guru of TV control, and the founder of Trash Your TV. Find out how you can get in control of your TV, video games, and computer addictions with The TV-Free System
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