But as I mentioned, 99% of television programming is detrimental to your mind. If you are watching network television and watching commercials trying to convince you that your current life and possessions are lacking, then subconsciously your mind, after the television is turned off, will generate powerful desires that will shape your desire system into an unwanted state. In a well known study, they found in the 1950s as the FCC introduced television across the nation, local shoplifting increased substantially because the citizens were suddenly perfused with new desires and objects the media created that convinced the unconscious viewers that somehow their lives were lacking.
Take for example one lazy Saturday morning when you need a rest from a hectic week of work. Your mind is still racing from when your boss thought your presentation needed work and was insufficient. You are replaying the presentation in your mind and thinking of all the things you could have done differently and in a way your boss would have wanted.
Innocently you turn on the television and watch a typical show like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and see “dream” homes filled with luxuries like tennis courts, workout gyms, private movie screening rooms, and vintage furniture. Your mind is relaxed at this point and is in the most unconscious state of being. It is absorbing all this new information.
After the program, you turn off the television and go to get lunch in your kitchen. Suddenly your unconscious mind views your kitchen differently. The counters are not new ceramic, the pots and pans are not shiny and new. You go to your bathroom. It does not have a Jacuzzi whirlpool and shiny brass toilet seats and a bidet. You are now suddenly dissatisfied and are not sure why.