Stop being slaves to American consumerism

Clovers (@clovers) 8 years, 10 months ago

The Superbowl is today. 1 in 3 Americans will be watching it. Collectively 428 human lives worth of time will be devoted to watching it. In a typical Superbowl broadcast (2 hours and 54 minutes):

60 minutes will be spent on commercials
75 minutes will be the players standing, walking around, getting into position
17 minutes will be devoted to replays
15 minutes will be spent on extraneous circumstances like injuries and referee decisions
11 minutes will be spent playing the game

The point: spend your time as you will, you are free to entertain yourself however you see fit. Just be aware that things like the Superbowl are little more than consumerist wet dreams, and you can easily spend your time more efficiently with very little effort. For example, DVRing the Superbowl. You can easily experience the whole game in 30 minutes, rather than 3 hours.

Just my advice

February 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm
Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Interesting statistics, I love the Superbowl though! Go 49ers!

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@clovers, I agree, except for the American part, drop that, consumerism in general.

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ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

clovers, I’m with you. I’m from the US and I’m not watching it. I’m doing it more because I want other people to ask me why and then I basically tell them what you said.

Where I live, most people seem addicted to NFL football and other “spectator” sports. I spend my time playing instruments, and many things which require my participation, so I don’t even have time to get into spectator sports.

I don’t necessarily have negative feelings towards it, but I would sure like to see more people stop idolizing these guys so much. You can achieve their level of skill at anything you want; so why put them on a pedestal?

I absolutely respect the skills of NFL athletes, but how many of them can play a nice one drop rhythm, with swung 16ths and fills that sound like the breaking down of atomic structure, or blast cork 720’s on skis? Probably none.

We all have our strengths, so find yours and do something with them. Don’t worship other people’s skills, just appreciate them!

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Clovers (22) (@clovers) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@irievibes, Exactly. My thing is, why spend 3 hours sitting on the couch, half of the time doing nothing other than being barraged by commercials, when you can record it, go to the gym for two hours, and watch the whole thing when you get home in a fraction of the time. We have these amazing technologies at our disposal that can theoretically maximize our time to unheard of potentials, but it seems so many of us waste our time in an apathetic stupor.

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