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Rethink Your TV Location (to Improve Your Life)

As the lines continue to blur between Internet-enabled computers and our TVs, it may be time to reconsider how prominently the “idiot box” features in our interior design schemes. The one saving grace of TV in the past was that it was more often true that nothing good was on. Now, thanks to Netflix, Hulu and On Demand ALL THE THINGS are on – and they’re on whenever you want them to be. <strong>TV Negatively Impacts Relationships</strong> This sounds so obvious that it wouldn't require evidence, but we wouldn’t ask you to take our word for it. Yes, that is correct: There is scientific research that proves too much TV can take the zing out of your relationship. A <a title="Science Daily" href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120918121322.htm" target="_blank">study</a> originating at Albion College and published in the September 2012 issue of <em>Mass Communication and Society</em> gives credence to our worst fears – <em>Breaking Bad</em> could cause us to break up. This, however, is not a wholesale indictment of television or even its savvier and far more alluring cousin, Internet-enabled television. It’s just a simple reminder of a lesson we already know: <em>all good things in moderation</em>. After all, we are compelled to mention contrary <a title="Your Tango" href="http://www.yourtango.com/2014207776/love-strange-thing-keeps-couples-together" target="_blank">scientific evidence</a> that watching movies together can actually strengthen relationships. But, how do we curb our addiction to Netflix binge-watching and never-ending strings of <em>Pawn Stars</em> reruns? <strong>Try Limiting TV Access</strong> Yeah, right. That’s easy enough to say, but not so easy to do unless you address the issue at the root level – with the physical box itself and where you put it. We’ve known for a while that having a TV in the bedroom, either in the <a title="LA Times" href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/11/news/la-heb-television-kids-obesity-20121211" target="_blank">kid’s room</a> or in the <a title="University of Maryland Medical Center" href="http://umm.edu/programs/sleep/patients/sleep-hygiene" target="_blank">master suite</a>, can add a lot of negative juju to a family's home life. But, what if we treated the living room with as much sanctity as we do our sleeping quarters? Yep, the living room is for entertaining. That’s true. This is where TVs belong, right? No one’s going to argue that, but what if it was the <em>only</em> place you had a TV? What if – and we know this is going to sound crazy – but what if you had only <em>one TV</em>? It may be a downright un-American proposition, but think about it like this: It could be a great way to cut back on truly unnecessary TV consumption. You can still kick back with your favorite shows while freeing up the kitchen for cooking, the bedroom for sleeping (and stuff) and the home office for actual work. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes this idea helps you take a little bit of life back from the TV time thieves.
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