Media Consumption Second to Breathing


According to this Business Insider article, the average American spends over 4 hours a day watching TV. That statistic is slightly lower for younger generations, who rely on the Internet for entertainment. But, get this. Americans spend more time consuming media than anything else except breathing.

I’m not surprised by this report, but in light of our recent discussions on the impact media has on our core beliefs, I think it’s a good time to consider how we might counteract the false messages pervading media.

In “Like to Watch,” Josh Harris writes:

The greatest danger of the popular media is not a one-time exposure to a particular instance of sin (as serious as that can be). It’s how long-term exposure to worldliness — little chunks of poison pill, day after day, week after week — can deaden our hearts to the ugliness of sin. What God calls the lust of the eyes and the sinful cravings of the heart are typically portrayed by the popular media as natural and harmless. The eventual effect of all those bits of poison pill is to deaden the conscience by trivializing the very things that God’s Word calls the enemies of our souls.

I am aware of the way TV makes little sins seem OK and even impacts my values. I am reminded of Colossians 2:8, which says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” TV may seem harmless enough, but it’s not. It wields great power. It deceptively promises happiness through actions that will never satisfy.


About the Author

Suzanne Gosselin
Suzanne Hadley Gosselin

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a freelance writer and editor. She graduated from Multnomah University with a degree in journalism and biblical theology. She lives in California with her husband, Kevin, who is a family pastor, and her four young children: Josiah, Sadie, Amelia and Jackson. When she’s not hanging out with her kids, Suzanne loves a good cup of coffee, conversation with friends, musical theater and a trip to the beautiful California coast.