I did know someone in the 90s who did not own a TV and just didn't want one. He used to listen to music a lot, go out with friends, or just stay home and work on things related to his business. He thought TV was such a huge waste of time and most of the programs were pointless. I guess he was right in a way and his business became very successful because of the way he focused on it. I like having a TV, though. Too much isn't good, but sometimes you need something that doesn't require much mental effort.
Yes. A homeschool family with two boys who are the most intelligent males I have yet to meet. At 16, the eldest had come up with a few inventions, had finished his first Associate's degree, and made $200 per session teaching other students how to get into the college of their dreams. At 14, the youngest had helped his brother with some inventions, created and sold a few apps for Apple products relating to the stock exchange, and was entering his first year in college.
The two of them just saw the Lord of the Rings for the first time last month.
Oh wow! I guess it proves that so much more can get accomplished in life without the boob tube. That is wonderful about your sons not being lazy and wanting to make a difference in the world. The TV has produced so many couch potatoes. So sad!
Yes a young couple we hang out with. they believe it takes to much time away from other things and choose not to own one.
I own a tv, a really old one that I didn't want to throw away. But I do not have cable or even have the tv plugged in anywhere. It is kind of used like a shelf in my spare room.
I don't think television is really worth anybody's time.
I do own a television set which purpose is only to watch movies. I cannot stand the incessant commercial both on networks and cable,. So I get my news online and the TV is not hooked up to anything but my DVD player
I do not own a TV, and grew up without one (I'm 23). We were a normal family, TV just wasn't a priority for us. We had plenty of other things to do, and I'm pretty sure my mom preferred this! Growing up we had a TV screen only to watch movies, but it was not hooked up to any channels, not even local. Now I watch movies on my laptop. I don't plan to ever buy one either. Who needs TV when you have the internet?
I don't have a TV and haven't owned one for a number of years now. I don't miss it in the slightest.
Yes, I actually just met someone a few weeks ago and he said that he is not home enough to watch TV. Additionally, he feels that if he wants to see anything in particular then that can happen via the computer.
I do not have a television set. For various reasons, once it was because when I came home in the evenings I watched all the soaps compulsively and then it was time for bed!. And I grew fat.
Also for a while, I lived in a house with women, one in particular who watched every bad romance for hours and hours while lying in a big huddle on the only sofa. So, nowhere to sit either.
I knew I would remember this for all my life and I have.
Finally, television is a great energy sucker and dominates a room. We forget how to talk to one another, and how many people walking down the street do you know, who are just simulations of TV characters? .
Instead of real beings forged in the life they are living, we get plastic composites of TV people.
TV makes you grey and destroys your brain. Also I read books.
Am I a first in the world for this? Could I go in the Guinness Book of Records- eek FREAK does not watch TV- and a picture of me, so children could be taught to recognise me and be very frightened.
Also it is very unbelievable I know, because I get in the post, TV licence demands, finally they, the TV licence people, come to my door. I say I do not have a TV. They do not believe me!!
Many people standing in the doorway just like I am are lying to them and hiding their TV in the press, in the children's bedroom, on the roof and other such places.
So they send me these letters very often and I know its hopeless. I do tell them.
But they won't believe me.
On the back of these letters is :DON'T IGNORE THIS LETTER. And other words also in capitals. Which are really really scary.!!
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And a little picture of me so they can put me in their book of rare n' weird creatures without a television.
Also I can recognise a TV head any time of night or day, they are very anxious they have been filled full of misery and terror and hate from watching the news, they are boggle eyed from the hypnotic trance they are still in, and they are walking zombie like in the street. So not hard is it?
There is a ritual which i call 'Devotion to the Television', which people practice when somebody they simply hate enters the room. They start and stare at the television, this is their way of saying' Go away, I hate you'.
I call these kind of TV viewers STIFFIES, they are totally unrelaxed and completely not interested in what is on television. Yet the unwelcome visitor understands them.!
I get those letters from the TV licence people too. I got so fed up with them that I wrote and told them if they sent any more I would send a Solicitor's "cease and desist from harassment" letter. We now only get the letters every 2 or 3 years.
I have a real old box TV sitting in my living room but we almost never switch it on! Having said that, it doesn't mean I am not a TV drama addict. I just switch my channel to online websites.
Nowadays, online website provide such extensive coverage of dramas and program that seriously, it is making TV redundant. Most of the time, i prefer to choose what I want to watch, when to pause and come back, rather than be determined by the tv channel program editor. You know how bad it feels to switch through all channels and find them all rubbish and disinteresting?
Only when I feel like channel surfing as a couch potato, gazing aware aimlessly would I miss having a TV.
However, I think as a family, TV is really important. It binds the entire family together gathered in front of a show. So, I think TV should be connected to a laptop or pps app, so the family can create their own TV program schedule that the entire family can share!
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