Out There: People Who Live Without TV:

“I interviewed one guy who was 31, single, an artist living in Boston, who saw himself as countercultural,” Krcmar told LiveScience. “The next day I had an interview with a religious woman with ten children who lived in the Midwest. These people seem like they would disagree about almost everything, but if you ask them about television the things that came out of their mouths were almost identical.” […] “It’s sort of counter-intuitive, because people think their kids would drive them nuts without TV,” Krcmar said. “But parents found that kids became very good at entertaining themselves and didn’t need to be entertained all the time by something that was lively and active. They didn’t complain about being bored.

Oh how I wish I didn’t have one (sometimes). (Just realized: I got this from Dan Lyke.)

2 thoughts on “”

  1. amazing how children can manage

    It is amazing, but true, Children managed from the beginning of creation until about 50 years ago to find ways to entertain themselves … doing things like crafts, whittling, reading books, helping with work around the house.

    But then this is a personal experience as well, so we know this in our family.

  2. Disconnect it, then ask yourself why?

    Giggle, the belated attribution must be because I haven’t told anyone recently that I don’t have a television.

    Actually, that’s an exaggeration. We have a television. It’s hooked up to a DVD player, and we watch a movie every two or three weeks. Maybe.

    Now we don’t have kids, and those kids aren’t coming home with peer pressure to have seen the latest show that everyone else is talking about, and we just get the summaries when other people talk about what shows they’re watching, but…

    A suggestion, if you really want to get rid of it, is to do this: Find an excuse to move the TV somewhere. Maybe you need a little more space for a party, maybe you’re going to be juggling in the living room and don’t want to break anything, whatever, the point is that you disconnect the antenna.

    Then, every time you want to hook it back up, ask yourself why you’re doing that rather than any of the myriad other activities that are possible. Books, crafts, hanging out, whatever.

    If you decide that what you really want to be doing at that point is watching TV, go ahead and hook it back up and angst about it no more. Certainly in this culture nobody’s going to think less of you for having a TV.

    However, that’s what we did, and for at least half a decade now I haven’t come up with a compelling reason why I should hook the TV back to an antenna. I’ve bought a TV series or two on DVD (Yay, “Firefly”!), I’ve seen a few episodes on the internet, but when I make myself ask that question I realize that even if I’ve got no energy and just want to vege out there are better ways to do that than just “seeing what’s on”.

    Semi-relatedly, a few years ago Charlene asked me to stop drinking alcohol for a month or two to see if some aspects of my physiology changed. I still, occasionally, have a drink, but now I ask that conscious decision rather than “my friends are having a beer, I’ll have one too.” Yeah, it takes a little more effort to interact with the bar staff now, and I can’t blind taste scotch any more, but I get a lot more useful evenings where I get more stuff I want to do done.

    I think those two experiences are related.

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