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Television soap operas set a poor example

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 16 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:325

Life is not a television soap opera

We are all hypnotized by television. The programs, commercials, graphics,
and colors are designed to overwhelm our minds. In effect, we are being
brainwashed to suspend our judgment and buy products we don't need. If we
can't stop watching TV, we should simply get rid of it. I don't own a TV and
haven't watched it in years. Getting rid of my TV was liberating. It gave me
more time to think, read, write, socialize, exercise, relax, and sleep. I'm sure it
will do the same for others. We need to live our real lives, not the fantasy lives
of TV characters.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

03 February 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA