I usually brag about my country as the best in the world – the food has unique taste, fruits are the sweetest, the air is the clearest and the countryside is breathtaking. Well, I guess we are all like that, at the bottom line we represent our countries in a way that is even a bit different from what you may read in tourist brochures: we speak from our personal experience.
But not everything is great.
Today I read in one of our newspapers that Serbia became a record owner in one unusual discipline – amount of time our citizen spend in front of TV. After research made by International Television Expert Group and RTL Group, they have released the 16th edition of "Television – International Key Facts". According to this report, people in Serbia spent 4 minutes more time daily in front of TV than people in USA, the previous champions :doh:
With the highest viewing time of all media the dominant role of TV is undisputed. The average TV viewing time in Europe went up from 208 minutes (2000) or from to 224 minutes (2007) to 227 minutes (in 2008). The 2008 data show that Serbia (302 minutes) has for the first time displaced the U.S. (298 minutes) as global TV time leader. In Western Europe the highest viewing times are reported from the South: Greece (264 minutes), Italy (244 minutes) and Spain (238 minutes). Germany (221 minutes) is on average, whereas the scandinavian countries are substandard: Denmark (175 minutes), Norway (174 minutes) and Sweden (170 minutes).
The most wanted are: reality shows, quizes and sport events :left: More detailed report here.
I guess that along with this report goes another one made by World Health Organisation stating that people in Serbia are among the most overweighted people in Europe – in 2006. there were 19,3% overweight kids younger than the age of 5 :yikes: Also 67,7% of Serbians are completely inactive in their free time – about 10% are having moderate physical activities and only 1,3% are having practice training :ko: Source.
What happened to this country? What happened to people I know? Why is this all happening?
I grew up in a society that has only 2 TV channels (in black and white) only 30 years ago. We kids had only two choices: to have a proper education and/or going to sports or to hang on the streets and remain punks for entire life.
I remember about 20 years ago, I saw a reality show in some satellite channel about people telling some of their dirtiest laundry in front of the audience, then arguing with their relatives and spouses – even punching each other sometimes. I thought, oh that`s gross, luckily we will never be like them and it will never be on our TV.
Now look at us… We have more reality shows than we have educational broadcastings. People are watching every football (soccer) or basketball game but not practicing at all. Not to mention that kids adore to eat in McDonalds :yuck: Even more than having a pizza. I guess pizza is now like "evergreen", ancient history.
Suddenly I feel as minority in my own country.