In a 2018 article by The Atlantic titled, “When Did TV Watching Peak?” Alexis Madrigal wrote:
Americans still watch an absolutely astounding amount of traditional television. In fact, television viewing didn’t peak until 2009-2010, when the average American household watched 8 hours and 55 minutes of TV per day. And the ’00s saw the greatest growth in TV viewing time of any decade since Nielsen began keeping track in 1949-1950: Americans watched 1 hour and 23 minutes more television at the end of the decade than at the beginning. Run the numbers and you’ll find that 32 percent of the increase in viewing time from the birth of television to its peak occurred in the first years of the 21st century. Over the last 8 years, all the new, non-TV things—Facebook, phones, YouTube, Netflix—have only cut about an hour per day from the dizzying amount of TV that the average household watches. Americans are still watching more than 7 hours and 50 minutes per household per day.
What do I do with that information?
What should we do with that information?
God has given each of us a limited number of resources—in particular, time, money, talents, and energy. And we are commanded to be good stewards of each of those resources.
Ephesians 5:15 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,”
How we spend our time, spend our money, use our talents, and use our energy, shows others our priorities.
As Jesus said, speaking specifically of money, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Christians must consider how they can use their resources not solely for their own leisure and entertainment, but for the work of the gospel.
How much real benefit do you get from watching television and movies or playing video games?
Now weigh that against the time you spend in spiritual pursuits.
How much money do you spend on temporal amusements?
Now, how does that compare to your eternal investments?
How hard do you labor not to advance your own agenda but to further the work of Christ’s kingdom? These are heart questions every believer needs to ask.
As stewards of the King (Matthew 25:14-30), We have been called to so much more than our own entertainment. Because our resources are limited, we must spend our time, spend our money, use our talents, and use our energy wisely.