The other day, I blogged about my new quest for better time management (check out: 168 Hours). As part of this project, I kept track of how I spent every 15 minutes of every day for an entire week. Yes, it was tedious, but it was also pretty illuminating.
That’s why I was SO excited to hook up my review Xbox 360 with Kinect! The biggest surprise was how much time I spent watching TV. I clocked in 6.5 hours of TV in a week; this is far below the national average of 33 hours a week (yes, really). But in mind, 6.5 hours of zoning out and doing nothing else – not talking to my family or moving my body or reading a book – is about 4 hours too many.
It took us a while to figure out how to get everything to work – we kept joking that we must be ‘olds’ if we need to read the manual – but once we had it hooked up, we were off the couch and playing, laughing, and interacting with each other.
We first plugged in Kinect Sports and used the Kinect to transform our body into the controllers. We played table tennis, bowled, raced each other in track and field events, and even did the long jump. I don’t think I’ve giggled so hard in a long time. Also, I was SWEATING. My husband actually went downstairs to change out of sweatpants and into shorts.
Were we still in front of the TV? Yes. But we definitely weren’t tuning each other out. There was a little friendly competition going on between my husband, my brother-in-law, and me, and it was definitely a memorable night. It felt like we were playing a really advanced board game, not zoning out to a flickering screen.
I never thought I’d say this, but a video game console can actually be a great source of quality time. I can’t wait until my son is old enough to play, too.
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