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Is TV a source of inspiration or sedation?

The television, part of the household for over half a century, is often vilified in the press as the reason why children aren’t getting enough fresh air and a source of low culture that’s all about tuning in and switching off.

Survey results by First Utility, the nation’s largest independent gas and electricity supplier, tell a different story. 34% of the 2,000 people surveyed said that reality TV is inspiring them to try new things, such as cooking, baking, singing, ballroom dancing and ice skating.

What’s your view? Have TV shows like The Great British Bake Off encouraged you to be more creative in the kitchen and find new passions in life, or would life be enriched without TV?

 

Is TV a source of inspiration or sedation?

242 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Inspiration Sedation

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davitts dame
19th Dec 2015
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THERE IS A SWITCH OFF BUTTON ON EVERY TV I HAVE USED THEREFORE IF I DISLIKE A PROGRAMME I PRESS IT. HOWEVER, I THINK TV IS THE BEST INVENTION. I WAS 12 BEFORE WE HAD OUR BLACK AND WHITE TV AND STRAIGHT AWAY I LOVED IT. IT WASN'T ONLY THE MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS SUDDENLY WE WERE SEEING COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THE NEWS WAS INSTANT LIKE THE CUBAN CRISIS, JFK MURDER, ETC., THE WORLD SUDDENLY BECAME MUCH SMALLER. ART,LITERATURE,PLAYS DISCUSSION GROUPS, ALL INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING, TELEVISION HAS HELPED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIKE TO READ. IN MY OPINION TELEVISION IS THE ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER INVENTIONS.
Roof Top Crow
11th Aug 2015
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Inspiring. Where else would I be informed about world politics from so many points of view. The BBC is regarded worldwide as the voice of reason and balance but its important to watch the other channels as well. Watch Al Jazeera for clarity and understanding of the middle east, watch Fox as an example of the kind of TV to avoid and watch Russia Today for an alternative point of view.

Closer to home I can watch old cars being rebuilt, cakes being cooked, EastEnders, David Attenborough kissing frogs and meanwhile the grandchildren are watching Horrid Histories.

Just like everything else in life, you have a choice.
jeaniembe
20th Jul 2015
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I like a good quality drama or documentary. We watch news programmes and sport. Also I have to admit I enjoy Corrie. Children tend to spend too much time stuck in front off the TV or computer games but TV can be a lifeline for those living alone.
thefilthycripple
17th Jul 2015
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Summer is a time for absolute mediocrity on TV ,soppy gardening ,home buying ,cooking and endless repeats .Do they think we all spend summer on the CoteD'azure ?
mountainman
16th Jul 2015
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I do enjoy a good film or two and some of the programs are well made BUT there are an awful lot of repeats on nowadays , that's probably due to the amount of channels there are , as to the BBC well less said the better , nowadays it seems more of a political channel for the major parties and leans towards them , what happened to there non political agenda I thought they was supposed to have , nowadays they lean strongly towards the left of politics ridiculing any one else who disagrees with there views , I seriously think it is time they made there own way in the media and not be subsidised by the people of this country due to a licence fee that is compulsory for all.Lets see how competitive they are by subscription and having to earn there running costs same as all the rest ,somehow I don't think they would survive long and there would be a lot of ex employes looking fot jobs
daydreams
16th Jul 2015
5
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It's both, for me, at different times. Inspirational when I see someone like Tom Kerridge or Nigel Slater and want to try their recipes, or see books talked about and hear of a new author to try. Sedation when I am just wanting to relax, watch something mindless to unwind, maybe when I am unwell and not up to doing anything at all. I love television, not ashamed to say it, though some people often are, as if it's a sign they're not intelligent enough to find other ways to pass their time perhaps, or give the impression of being a couch potato.
Marley444
14th Jul 2015
4
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I have to say there is hardly anything I look forward to watching on the TV these days ... incredible when there are so many channels to choose from and still nothing worth watching 🙁
scandiman
4th Jul 2015
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Hardly watch BBC or ITV. Nothing apart from endless soaps, cookery, games shows and sport. Weekends especially are a dead loss.Much of it is mindless drivel. Endless repeats. Same old tired formula.
SHOEFLY
4th Jul 2015
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IF its on a soap, its true, facebook, its true. We are a nation of sheep enslaved to make believe fantasists. Although when you step out your front door, it is understandable. our city is a mess
Knittingsheep
3rd Jul 2015
1
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I went for 12 years without a tv back in the eighties and during that time I read the most incredible books and got into the habit of listening to the radio. I am still hooked on The Archers and regularly listen to radio 4. The only reason we eventually bought a tv again was because my ex husband was into athletics and he wanted to watch the Olympics. I would quite happily give up the tv again, I don't really think there is anything I would particularly miss, so long as I can listen to the radio. With everything on line these days you don't even have to buy a newspaper. I also really hate the look of tv's, they are not at all appealing when they are off. We have a very small tv which is hidden in a piece of furniture when not in use so our lovely fireplace is the feature of our living room and not the tv!
vivarcher
3rd Jul 2015
1
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Surely it all depends on which programmes you watch! Information, documentary, news and inspirational programmes are all there but you have to look for them and choose which ones are of interset to you personally.
Wilf
30th Jun 2015
3
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I always watch the news and some science based programmes but generally don't watch a lot of TV especially in the summer months as I just enjoy being out in the garden. My wife watches the British Bake off and I glance at it but it is just like wallpaper to me and I would rather read a good book. One of my brothers who is 55 is not working currently and enjoys watching the Jeremy Kyle show?? Don't ask why as I just cannot understand him but he says its the funniest programme on TV

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