It has been a freeing experience because we do live by our own schedule now--not the T. Our TV died a few months ago and we haven't bothered to replace it. It's funny how people keep offering us their old TVs when they find out we don't have one. We watch DVDs and things online using my laptop, including live video of both conventions and all the debates. I don't miss TV at all, except we can't really have people over to watch a movie on a laptop.
We'll probably get a new TV eventually but not cable again. Right before the kids were born. We use the Internet and Netflix, our kids have long attention spans and don't whine that they want what they see which they do when they go to a friend's house with tv.
It's great not to have the influence. And I'm an addict. I've gotten to the point were the only time I watch Cable TV is when my mom is watching something and I sit down with her, or one of my favorite movies is on. A lot of the commercials that I run across what little I watch TV, tend to be down right dirty, and questionable, in their content not including PBS of course.
Which is the major reason that I'e almost stopped watching TV completely. There are no televisions upstairs and i plan to keep it that way. The televisions are mostly there for my boyfriend and his 11 year old. There are one or two shows I like to see, but unless I have my wife or mother reminding me they are on every week, I can never remember. I had two major things happen to detach me from the TV. Grad school separated me from following sports for long enough that at the end of it there was not enough interest to start following again, the players had all changed.
As I was starting to watch again, as a single man, I felt it was a smarter move to get out there and do something. After another eight years of commitment first to extracurricular study and teaching, and another four years of ballroom dancing, I found it impossible to link my schedule to a TV schedule, and I found almost no patience for what I did find on TV.
We have cable and a big screen TV, but mostly it hosts preschool friendly programming in this house. TV has always been empty stimulation, but with the proportion of commercials now it is unwatchable.
With as revenue that high they really should be paying viewers. A twist on this I do have TV and cable, but mostly for the people who rent from me. I actually did watch the debate last night and just cringed at the bits and bobs of ads, news networks and so on.
I'd cut the cable, but the roommates watch that, so I take it out of their rent: My husband and I have been TV free for 19 years. We prefer real life living, gardening, hiking, biking and talking with friends. I love having a living room where people are living! I do find myself in conversations with people about TV programs, and I have no idea what they are talking about. I listen to NPR and enjoy the points of view and the variety of subject matter.
I do read the internet too. If I want a movie, I go to the theatre! Sure, there's a tv in my house or two. But neither of them's mine. My parents actually, since I'm living at home still. I just never watch them. I guess that many in my generation have slipped towards internet I use my computer for almost everything. Watching movies and series, listening to music, reading news. And it's great, since it gives me more control over time and what exactly I want to do.
Tv never seem to give you that. There's always that commercial break, or an additional program in-between the ones you want to see. I just think that tv is outdated I don't however, believe it to be "evil", is there actually some good arguments towards that opinion? While it gives you acces to new things, they might be things you don't actually want acces to. I actually have two inch TVs, and neither of them is plugged in. Lately I've been watching TV online, watching at friends' houses, or reading recaps of my favorite shows which are many times more entertaining than the shows themselves.
I don't know if I'll ever be completely without TV, but I've realized that it's in my best interests to be mostly TV-free. I want to be a writer, and if I watched TV at home I wouldn't write - plain and simple. I'd start with just one show and that would become 2, and next thing I know it's time to go to bed. The same goes for video games. I've been quite the video game player over the last 15 or 20 years, but now I'm losing interest. Plus, it takes away from my writing as well - sometimes even more than TV.
With games a couple of hours an rapidly become all night. I am, however, a movie person. I go to the movies quite a bit and enjoy watching DVDs at home. For that reason I'll probably invest in a really nice HD set if I can get a good Black Friday or after the holidays dealer , a sound system, and an upgraded DVD player.
But honestly, I really like Project Runway so that is really the only thing I look forward to watching. The rest of the crap on there makes me want to vomit. Especially Fox News and the reality TV shows. Its disgusting that these people on reality tv shows think they are so important enough to spend thousands of dollars on a dress while the average working person is worried about paying their rent for the month.
I think television is very harmful in many ways. The amount of influence anything on tv has on the people who watch it is scary. I could go on and on about it. I was a sociology major and now work in the nonprofit media sector so I know all about it! I own a TV, but it doesn't get any channels and we don't have cable so it's purely used when we watch DVDs. I love not having my life controlled by my entertainment and that was and still is the biggest reason why I don't have cable.
That and it's such a time-suck people end up doing nothing but watch TV and I want a life more interesting than that. I have been TV free for 11 months now, and I love it. We got rid of our set for a few reasons.
One, the only time it ever got turned on was when my husband was home on his days off, and then he wouldnt get anything done or go out and do something fun or productive. Two, we had no real spot for it, it looked clunky and we dont have an entertainment center.
Three, we didnt know there would be rebates for those converter box thingies an we didnt want to spend the money updating our set. Four, our kids can entertain themselves pretty well. And five, we have internet, we dont need TV. Plus, I cant get any work done if it's on.
So I am actually really happy without my TV. Though it kinda sucks when coworkers or friends spoil it when they discuss it heh. We do have a TV but no cable. We've never bothered with cable our entire marriage, and only watch it when we are staying with or visiting others.
We do however do the Netflix thing, watch online TV and check out locally accessible network channels if they are available with the rabbit ears soon to be that new box thingy. However, we do tons of other things too, so we feel we have balance.
What an interesting conversation you've started here, Andrea. I do have to confess to enjoying some of the cable channels when I have access to them. After a while though, they start to get repetative, so it's just as well to get a fix and have done with it, rather than paying the extra bill each month.
If not having one works better for you guys, that's great: I plan to get rid of my TV when I start my family. But I'd appreciate if people would lay of the generalizations. Just because I watch TV, doesn't make me a zombie. I read, write, draw, exercise, spend time with my friends and family and get work done. I can't get radio or TV reception in my apartment building, and my country doesn't have as much access to online video content as the US.
I record shows and watch them instead of renting a movie. I personally think it's a matter of time management. You have to do what's best for you, and remove the temptation if you can't handle it. The only spot where we differ is on radio. We listen to podcasts mostly. I can't stand radio commercials.
Evening walks have been the highlight of our family activities. My 1 year old loves them just as much as we do! He grabs his shoes and says, "ock, ock" when he wants us to go outside. I don't think TV-watchers should take these comments to mean that they are considered zombies by those of us who don't really watch.
I know plenty of people with TV sets who have the self-restraint or possibily just the responsibilities that keep their TV-watching to a minimum - just the good shows, and nothing else. But there are those of us who simply don't have that kind of willpower or hobbies?
He wouldn't speak to me for two whole weeks. This taught me two things: The lack of the TV made my whole living room a more interesting and people-oriented place. My wife and I watch a fair amount of TV each week and we enjoy it.
We use a DVR to edit out commercials and watch our shows on our schedule. The article gives reason for no TV as: Watching "stupid crap" on TV is your choice.
There are a lot of good shows on TV, so if you chose to watch the "stupid crap" programming then thats really your choice. If you really don't like anything on TV then either thats simply your personal tastes or you havent' found the good shows. You can use a DVR to watch shows on your own schedule. Or to save cost use a VCR to manually tape shows and then watch them any time.
I think the joys of reading, internet and radio are all fine, but mostly those are all just alternative forms of entertainment. How is radio fundamentally better than TV?
This sounds mostly like personal preferences. I used to watch a lot less TV when I was playing online video games. It wasn't better or worse use of my leisure time, mostly just exchanging one form of entertainment for another.
It seems that most of the dislike for TV revolves around either distaste of advertisement, people who spend too much time watching TV or personal preferences for other forms of entertainment. Uh, yeah - I think that that was sort of the point of the article. I don't have restraint to stop watching. So I watch stupid crap. It's pretty obvious, I think, that this article is an opinion, and not meant to indicate that avoiding TV is a universal solution that will please everyone.
I don't watch TV on the internet, due to dial-up access. TV is useful for local roads in winter. I live in an area where the weather and roads can get pretty bad.
Beyond that I don't watch TV. I found TV to be a horrible demotivator, you sit in front of a TV and both time and the desire to do anything evaporates. Far better than TV. These are commercial free. These programs are from the "Golden Age" of radio. These tend to be shorter than audio books. Some program episodes have one or two old, generally inoffensive commercials.
I do watch the debates online, and I like watching the Daily Show online. TV is kinda like junk food. If it's there, you're really tempted to consume it. If it's not there, then it's easier to find better, healthier alternatives. I gave up cable in I only watch House, Psych, Lost and Survivor online, as well as the occasional movie. When we gave up TV in , it had only been on two years, we had been without cable from to before. With all of the free, online content, I don't think we will go back to TV or cable.
I agree with the posts about being able to control spending more easily since we are not bombarded by TV advertising. The only reason I have a TV right now is because my roommate has one and we get free cable from our landlords I have to admit it's nice once in a while.
Like for watching the debates. My roommate turns it on sometimes to the food channel, but then I find it sucks me in which is not so good. Personally I would rather watch a good movie than a television show. Last year I went over to a friend's house every week to watch Lost. It was a fun social thing and I felt like I knew something about pop culture. We would sit around afterwards and discuss our theories and then got to see the next week whether or not they were validated.
So yes, there is good and bad. I like having one in my house as long as I can keep it from becoming an addiction. Get rid of your TV. I still have one, but that is for DVDs. I save a bunch of money from not having a cable bill; I get to write my blog, and I can pursue other life dreams.
Life really opens up. Besides TV really drains creativity, actions and general appreciation of what life can offer. We don't have one. I highly recommend giving it a try. It saves tons of time and everyone knows that time is money!
We do have an old TV but we have the cable package that is below the one they will tell you about. It is the one cable companies are legally obligated to offer. They had to send someone to the box outside the house and fiddle with it to get us this un-advertised package. This gives us about 20 channels. For other programs that we don't get, there is nothing like http: On a 15" macbookpro, you can watch these programs on hulu full screen and the resolution is perfect.
If you are a netflix subscriber, the netflix roku box is great for streaming those instant watch offerings. I found great humor in your post, and totally agree with your view of TV. I don't watch much television, simply because I don't think its worth the time spent. I would rather be doing something else, like time with my toddlers. I do have a TV at home, though its old and definitely not a Flat Panel. I did buy a DTV converter box recently and wrote a post on that. I don't have a TV, either.
Whenever I mention that, I think of this article from The Onion: That's not to say that I don't watch TV shows. Plus, I don't have to sit through all the commercials, and I don't have to wait a week to find out what happens in the next episode. I also think it's nice to be isolated from advertising. If I don't even know about the latest and greatest stuff available, I'm not going to want to buy it! I'm in the same boat - no TV and I love it.
I've lost pounds since I got rid of my TV a year and a half ago because now I get out and exercise instead of parking my butt on the couch don't have one of those either. I very much like tv. Brooke, I agree that the internet is not much better. I actually have a screen saver that says, "computer potato.
I really have not missed the TV. I did wish I could watch the olympics, that was a bummer. I haven't had television in decades. That was the best decision I've ever made, bar none. Being without television is the most natural thing in the world. It's rather sad that the only conversations some people can have with one another is about whatever crap they watched the night before. Sometimes others treat me as a sort of Luddite fruitcake - how can you not watch Dancing With the Stars or whatever the latest tv fad is?
Thrilled to have missed that! I read constantly, write, walk my dog, bike, play the piano, etc. It's called real life, and it frightens many! Yet I know just as much - more, actually - about current events than the tv addicts. Funny how a newspaper or web article can be more in-depth than a second tv soundbite, eh? I'd go so far as to say tv makes you stupid, but I don't want to sound like a Luddite fruitcake I'm going to shut off my DirecTV next month after the election I'll keep the equipment around for games and DVDs, etc.
Then I can also arrange my furniture into more of an imaginary campfire layout, instead of the "face forward and don't talk" elevator-style layout many living rooms have. I agree with you about everything except for actually owning a TV For similar reasons, I have decided that watching TV isn't good for me.
So I don't watch TV. But I still have a TV My laptop can play DVDs, but a TV does better justice to the whole experience larger screen, couch to watch it on So, I agree with you, except that owning a TV is important, even if you don't use it for its intended purpose.
I have not had a TV for more than three years now. I am very happy I got rid of the dam thing. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself and the atmosphere of my home.
It never occurred to him I just didn't want one and it never occurred to me that he might think I was too poor to get one, I have an otherwise well decorated apartment.
I looked at this pile of crap and started calling folks to haul it off. They thought I was nuts, I didn't ask for money, I was disgusted with what it was doing to my life, sucking all my time, demanding my complete attention. I really resented it. I've lived with folks who had tv's and I can't stand more than about 30 minutes, I'm a playstation junky though, played Tomb Raider in 11 days, another reason to get rid of it. Otherwise I indulge in a short attention span with lots more playtime outside, I listen to lots of radio, I get desperate housewives on the net in a whole lot shorter time it takes to watch on the tube, I make my own movies with my puter, and I do alot more with my hands than I ever did with a tv.
My new boyfriend likes that part best. But havin a tv gives you entertainment and watching the news gives you an update on what is happening in your area today. I don't watch TV either. My life is much better, for all of the reasons you give above. I am sure there are more people out there who would give up TV if they realised that they aren't the only ones doing so. I will be joining you in a tv-free lifestyle shortly Our TV is about to die and I'm preparing myself and my wife for the adjustment ahead.
Excellent ideas as always Wise Bread! I liked your article. Here in the UK, where I live, television is almost as dominant as it is in the USA and it seems to be growing in influence.
I always feel encouraged when I come across other people who have taken television out of their lives, such as yourself and some of those who have posted in response to your article. I know a people who don't have TV personally, probably because I am so vocal about it, but I also like to come across people on the internet. I have just set up a social networking site for people who have got television out of their lives, or who might want to.
It is open to everyone and has no political or other agenda. I would very much encourage people to check it out - lifewithouttv. It has lots of useful material on it. Like you, I no longer own a television. Since , I have not had a TV. I do listen to radio once or twice a week, to Spanish language broadcasting to improve my Spanish; I am a native English speaker.
I do go onto the Internet, but I do not watch TV there either. The only Internet site I regularly use is either Bing and Yahoo for searches I stopped using Google in , and the Weather Channel to find out the weather. Although I used to be very tech savvy I was a programmer , I have become more reticent of technology lately.
We just sold our tv and accessories! This allowed us to create a music and reading room where pure relaxation and discussion can occur! Plugged some of the cash from the sale into books and a bluetooth audio system. Don't miss TV at all! We decided not to own a TV when we got married in The younger kids read books a lot, but the younger kids got into computers.
They say the average American watches 9 years of TV lifetime. I wonder how much that will go up when the computers and smart phones are added in Credit Cards Personal Finance. By Andrea Karim on 7 October 77 comments.
Frugal Living , Lifestyle , Technology , hobbies , Internet , movies , netflix , reading , television , time consuming , tv , weight loss. The 5 Best Wireless Chargers. I highly recommend life without your own TV. LOST is my crack. I do watch a LOT of tv online and on dvd while doing other stuff though.
Ryan from Going Carless I didn't even know that. I thought I was just cheap, interested in other things, etc. Some people are so addicted to the daily TV soaps that they can give up many of the life priorities because of that. For them, life without television is just a disaster. Our life was not so much dependant on the television earlier.
Because there was only one broadcaster — Doordarshan, in the beginning. But now, there are dozens of them and so the number of TV programs. The variations of television programs have increased for sure, but, that has equally increased our dependence on the electronic system. Life without television means there will be no late night shows. So, the habit of watching late night television soaps will also disappear. From this perspective, life without television seems better.
So the good thing about life without television is that we will be more connected to our surrounding circle. The time spent on television will reduce. On the other hand, television works as a huge source of information when it comes to sharing international news. I know we can get a lot of information from other sources like the internet, but the older generation is not much friendly with it.
Our parents, or grandparents are not habitual of using the internet.
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