A recent news article highlighted the Indian government’s proposal to slow population growth in poor, rural areas by bringing electricity to the villages. Electricity can be a very good thing. But the government’s intention was not so people could microwave popcorn: Their idea is that people will have less sex and therefore fewer children: “If there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children.” Sounds like the Health and Family Welfare Minister should take my TV-induced sleep deprivation poll.
My beef is not with this method or that method for controlling populations. If so, my blog would be called Population Control STiNKS. My ire is rankled by the hundreds of thousands of couples who willingly say, “Not tonight, Honey. I’m watching Oprah’s after-show show.” Case in point: an Italian study found that married couples with TVs in their bedrooms made love HALF as many times as those without. WHERE CAN I SIGN UP FOR THAT?
If you’re married, you want your marriage to be better. TV STiNKS in the bedroom. Get it out of there, will ya?