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Transcript of Power Project
Power Of Self-Control
2-15-13 Over the past few months, I have found myself out of time to complete chores and activities I needed or wanted to do. I realized I was spending a huge amount of time playing Xbox, watching YouTube or TV. I was disappointed that I could not keep a handle on my time so I banned myself from all entertainment for a week. My productivity was better and over all I was happier with myself. However, it was hard to keep myself away from electronic forms of entertainment. It got me curious to know if other teens struggled with self-control and if they did not have time to complete tasks. This led me on a journey that made me realize the necessity of the power of self-control. “It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.” Said Carl Rowan, a journalist and author. I found that this was more than true. In America, entertainment is an epidemic. There are over a 1,000 games for Xbox 360 alone, the average home receives 118.6 channels, and Netflix has 3,000 movies and shows in its database. YouTube records 4,000,000,000 hours of videos being watched every month and every minute 72 hours of video is uploaded. The average Joe and Josephine spends just over four hours a day watching TV, YouTube, and playing on gaming consoles. The averages break down to right above two hours watching TV, nearly an hour on YouTube, and roughly an hour gaming. It does not sound like much time, but it amounts to a lot. Teens waste money and not in the way most adults think. Money can be wasted on the greatest game or the newest fashion and it can be wasted by never receiving it. The following examples are theoretical. All work and no play does make Jake a dull boy. Especially in today's world, with so much stress a little break is needed. But there is a difference between a half hour break and a two hour one. I found that many of the students I surveyed participated in extracurricular activities. So let’s say Joe plays baseball three times a week and family takes up time on the weekends. That leaves Joe only two days to work, sad for Joe right? You may be surprised. Using the same hours a day and wage, Joe would receive $31.16 a week, $124.64 per month and $1,495.68 each year. Josephine and Joe are pretty well off not only in respect of money but earning work experience and controlling their time. Let’s take the average Josephine and say she gets a job. Josephine is paid minimum wage five days a week, spending only two hours a day on the job, which is half the average time spent goofing off. Josephine would work ten hours a week for $7.79 an hour, which calculates to a weekly paycheck of $77.90. Multiply that by four weeks in a month and Josephine would receive $311.60 and that translates to a yearly pay of $3,739.20! The 21st century is filled with different movements such as the “green” movement, global hunger, and human trafficking. With these movements, opportunities to volunteer have become abundant. The Daily of the University of Washington published "Student volunteer positions left unfilled" by Adam Magnoni online. It stated that existing volunteers have to work with other programs to find students who could volunteer. For the betterment of the organization the president of AAPB, Jeffrey Bolek, said in a newsletter “There are many unfilled volunteer opportunities within AAPB. More volunteers equals more exposure to other professionals to AAPB equals more interest in joining equals more revenue for conferences equals reduced cost for the conferences!” That led me to realize one of the most important results of the study: If teens would look away from screens and try to help those around them, the world would be different. Some people have the drive to stop human trafficking but it takes passion. One simple act of selflessness to a neighbor can change their day completely around. In conclusion, Joe could receive honors and awards for creating the best water filter to send to underprivileged countries and Josephine may be remembered by her friends as a great encourager. Who’s to say Josephine could not have influenced Joe in some way? In my survey I asked, “If all normal entertainment and activities were stopped, what would you do with your extra time?” and “Are there things you want to do but do not have the time? If so, what?” hoping to have teens wanting to volunteer or give their time. Out of the sixty-six participants, only one said, “Volunteer to the homeless”. However, the amount of participants who responded spend time with family, friends, or animals was incredible. Choices are all around us as journalist and novelist Ayn Rand said “Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.” We can choose to stay at home or work, play video games or go out with friends, watch videos or clean the bathroom for a stressed parent. Basic actions have huge effects on people. Try saying thank you or be willing to lend a hand anywhere and see the results. After all my research I have decided that the world’s problem is not as specific as environment control or underprivileged children. The main problem is that we are so focused on virtual worlds that we do not see the problems around us or take the time to make our friends feel welcome. I challenge you to think about the people around you before you watch that top rated video. Did anyone have a bad day or do you need to do a chore to prevent stressing your parents? If there is nothing, then enjoy your break, life is hard. But you may gain a greater relief from giving to others than giving that rubber band a pull. Also, we have peers watching us everywhere and if we want the next generation of teenagers to make the world better, we have to change our habits now. Think of others and your future before you waste four hours of your day in front of a screen. Bolek, Jeffery. "From the President." - Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeeback. AAPB Newsletter, Apr. 2012. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.Ingham, Tim. "Xbox Games Library to Hit 1,000 This Summer." MCV UK. N.p., 13 Mar. 2008. Web. 13 Feb. 2013."Average U.S. Home Now Receives a Record 118.6 TV Channels, According to Nielsen." Average U.S. Home Now Receives a Record 118.6 TV Channels, According to Nielsen. N.p., 6 June 2008. Web. 13 Feb. 2013."Statistics." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013."How Many Movies Does Netflix Have?" Findthebest.com. Find the Best, 2013. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.Wage and Hour Division, DVH. "Minimum Wage Laws in the States." Dol.gov. United States Department of Labor, 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 15 Feb. 2013.Magnoni, Adam. "Student Volunteer Positions Left Unfilled." Dailyuw.com. The Daily of the University of Washington, 6 Oct. 2009. Web. 7 Feb. 2013.Survey, 1 Feb. 2013-6 Feb. 2013, via email.1.On average, how much time do you spend watching TV, DVDs, Netflix, etc. daily? 2. On average, how much time do you spend watching YouTube daily? 3. On average, how much time do you spend playing video games (Xbox, Wii, PC, etc.) daily? 4. Are there any other activities that you do that take a large amount of time (excluding school, work, and drive time)? 5. Do you complete your chores before entertaining yourself? Yes or no. 6. If all normal entertainment and activities were stopped, what would you do with your extra time? 7. Are there things you want to do but do not have the time? If so, what? Citations