Is a television in your home, or do you not have time for it?

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  1. aviannovice profile image90
    aviannoviceposted 5 years ago

    Is a television in your home, or do you not have time for it?

  2. StoneCircle profile image89
    StoneCircleposted 5 years ago

    I have a tv in my home but due to location and finances there is no channel surfing to be had. I use it as a monitor for movies, music, xbox, viewing pictures for about 2 hours a day. The rest of the time I write, garden, go for walks with my dogs, go to community events and do a craft project. 
    When I go to someone else's home that does have tv with channels to surf, I find it quite boring and wonder why people bother with it when all it does is tell you:
    you are hungry
    you need this cologne to catch a woman/man
    you wear the wrong clothes
    you are fat
    you are skinny
    murder is everywhere and will be investigated
    reality has a bunch of idiots living in it

    It is truly mind numbing.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are so right about the modern programming.  t tends to be a bore.  It really would be nicer if we had better shows.  When I had a TV, I liked the DIY, food, and gardening channels.

  3. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 5 years ago

    Yes, we do have 2 television at home, one LED TV and the other an old CRT monitor TV. Frankly speaking, we had not watch TV after my mother in law had shifted to her new house. All the while, she was the one who had been watching the TV. Now, my son watch TV only when I asked him to as I am afraid that he might get hooked to notebook and Ipad .

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I understand that.  Many people say that the kids don't spend any time exercising any more due to the hand held devices, console games, computer, Ipad, etc.  That's another great reason to get out of the house to do family things when at all possible

  4. Hyphenbird profile image90
    Hyphenbirdposted 5 years ago

    Yes we have a television. We do not have cable or satellite. We subscribe to NetFlix so we can choose only what we want to see. That is only $8 a month and my little boy mostly uses it. I really do not have time or interest in television programs. The longer I go without seeing current programming, the less I wish to spend time on it.
    Great question!

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hyphen, I am the same way, and I am glad that there are others like me out there.  I don't have one, as I just can't find the time(nor do I really want to!).  BUT I sometimes have to force myself to pt the radio on.

  5. Georgie Lowery profile image92
    Georgie Loweryposted 5 years ago

    I moved in here two months ago and haven't even plugged in my tv yet. In all honesty, it was given to me and I don't even know if it works!

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I moved in here 2 years ago, and spend a good bit of my time taking photos of birds at the lake across the street.  If I didn't have a radio, I might not find out about anything!

  6. Taleb80 profile image83
    Taleb80posted 5 years ago

    I have television in my home, I keep reducing the time I give to it. I am reading more.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's so much easier for me to become wrapped up in reading than watching the television.

  7. Kevin Peter profile image69
    Kevin Peterposted 5 years ago

    Yes, there is a television in my house. But I don't spend a lot of time watching the programmes in it. My kids are very interested in watching cartoons and other programmes. I love reading and gardening a lot. So don't get much time in watching television. Though I don't like to watch entertaining programmes I do find time to watch the news channels. Earlier my kids used to complaint about it. But now they have also started watching it. It provides them with a lot of knowledge. I also encourage them in watching quiz programmes.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's great for the kids to be up on current affairs, as much of that can affect them.

  8. gerrywalker profile image64
    gerrywalkerposted 5 years ago

    I had the tv turned off a couple months ago after football season was over. Since I moved here for good last fall (Ft.PierceFL) I go to the library a couple times a week; everything is 5-10 minutes away unlike living in N.Ga (30 minutes to everything), so I get to exercise 3 or 4 days a week plus read and sell stuff on ebay, not to mention Daisy's morning routine (my bichy-poo)!  No time for t.v. and not interested really. There is a small tv in my bedroom with a slot in the side for movies which I use when anyone comes to visit for a night or two. The big t.v. which my son bought a few years ago I rescued from his house when he lost that. So come football season, I'll have it reconnected. I've been looking at those small antennaes but they don't get the main channels here in Ft.P so will probably do one of the "deals" in the fall for a few months if I can find one that suits my budget! Otherwise maybe I'll start haunting the sports bars, LOL.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I do admit that I really miss the Oklahoma State college football games!

  9. CreatePerfection profile image74
    CreatePerfectionposted 5 years ago

    We have a few televisions in our home.  During the winter months we watch more tv than in the summer months because it gets dark so early.  We have our favorite programs and watch these each week. 
    My favorite channel is the Science channel because they have a series about how the earth was made and another series on how the universe was made.  Both these programs are fascinating and they are on Demand because we have cable so we can watch them anytime. 
    I really make an attempt to stay away from violent and dark programs, but there is a lot of that on tv these days.  My favorite comedy is "The Big Bang Theory" and my favorite drama is "Elementary".  Public television also offers some great entertainment and the food network brings a new dimension into our culinary lives.
    Television is a way to escape for most people and I do some of that, too.  I find that its greatest use for me is mind expansion, though.  I love animal programs such as "Animal Planet" and have learned so much from the series as I have from the various series on the Science channel.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      When I had access to TV, I also enjoyed the animal Planet.  I spend a lot of time with my photos now, but would like to read more.

  10. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    The only TV is in the living room. When watching the TV, it's only with my husband so we both relax and have some time together. I might work out while watching a show, but a bike ride is more calming and helps me think.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Do you think that people can get wrapped up in the tv or computer just because they happen to be within easy reach?

    2. lburmaster profile image83
      lburmasterposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Computer, most definately. I spend hours on it when I have it. When it's not in reach, there are books, goals, plans, etc. It's more productive without electronics.

    3. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes.  I am only on here when I have to be.

  11. Anna Haven profile image85
    Anna Havenposted 5 years ago

    Hi, we do have a TV which I usually watch from about 22.00 onwards. We have cable and also Lovefilm, so I rarely watch any programmes that are actually scheduled.  I never watch the news,ever!
    I work, study, read, run after little people and  I do spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. I must confess though, by 22.00, I am usually quite happy to watch some tv and lose myself in a fictional world.
    I like Grimm, Sons of Anarchy, Heroes and I also like some paranormal programmes. So all very imaginative stuff smile
    Good question.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Downtime does seem to be important in a busy time such as yours.  Thanks for answering!

  12. WalterPoon profile image76
    WalterPoonposted 5 years ago

    I do have a television set in my home. I think it is a necessity these days. But while my family is in front of the television in the evening, I am always behind the television set because that's where my computer is. Yet, it doesn't mean that the television set is useless to me... I still hear what's on the television and if there's something very interesting, my wife will called me to go and watch.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      But you basically multi-task while the television is in operation, you don't give it your full attention?

    2. WalterPoon profile image76
      WalterPoonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Aviannovice, I am glued to the computer. I hear the television program on and off, but not consciously... I have answered something like 20 questions already with the televison on... all I know is that there's a Chinese serial on at the moment.

  13. Get Thin for Good profile image69
    Get Thin for Goodposted 5 years ago

    We have a television but we do not use it as one. Instead, we only use it to watch movies of our choice - by way of DVD only.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I used to do that when I was in Maine and couldn't afford to keep cable TV.

  14. tolstoytherapy profile image85
    tolstoytherapyposted 5 years ago

    I rarely watch TV. When I'm at university I do not have one, and when I'm at home by brother is usually using it for Xbox. I do watch some catch-up TV online, but there always seems to be better things to do (or things I should be doing!)

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That seems to be my own way of life, as well.  Seems like I can get so much more done without it, and if I really want to do so, I can see the headlines on line.

  15. profile image0
    Sarra Garrettposted 5 years ago

    No TV in my house.  I haven't watch the 'boob tube' in 5 years now and I don't feel that I'm missing a thing.  I spend my time writing or reading a good book and of course walking my dogs now that it's Spring.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You and I are about on the same par.  I don't really miss it a lot, either.

  16. wayne barrett profile image70
    wayne barrettposted 5 years ago

    We do have TV's, but I do not spend much time watching it. I probably only spend about 5% of my day watching it...if that.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Seems like a lot of people don't have time for it anymore.

  17. DDE profile image24
    DDEposted 5 years ago

    I have one television and only watch a good movie now and again not much into watching television I prefer my outdoor life

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you there, as I have quite a bit of that.  Between that, photo cropping, and writing, I barely have time for down time.

  18. HappyMikeWritter profile image61
    HappyMikeWritterposted 5 years ago

    I have a TV at home but since internet exists with so many options I do not really watching tv. Watching tv makes you lazy, at least internet requires your cooperation :-)

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You definitely have a point there.

    2. Taleb80 profile image83
      Taleb80posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you.

  19. profile image0
    chrisinhawaiiposted 5 years ago

    We used to have a nice big 46" flatscreen that we got a couple years ago.

    Then my son got his new airsoft sniper rifle.

    Then his friends came over.

    Then they played Black Ops Zombies on the Playstation 3.

    Then my son had a "great idea."

    Then my son shot a zombie in the head with his new sniper rifle.

    He thought it wasn't loaded.

    He was wrong.

    Now we have no 46" flatscreen TV anymore.

    True story.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Pretty unusual, yet amusing and worrisome all at the same time.  Did you do a story on this?  If not, please.  I'm sure that it would attract a lot of attention.

    2. profile image0
      chrisinhawaiiposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I hadn't thought of that, but you're right.  It's pretty amusing.

  20. khairat0 profile image56
    khairat0posted 5 years ago

    i have one but i don't have time for it.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Same here.  Thanks for your input/

    2. Taleb80 profile image83
      Taleb80posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It is good news. You are the winner.

  21. liesl5858 profile image86
    liesl5858posted 5 years ago

    There is a television in our home but I don't use it a lot. My husband uses it more than me. I just like to watch the news now and again, also if there is a program that interest me but if not I will be hubbing instead or gardening. More fun.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, you're right.  It is more fun.

  22. rondmrn profile image81
    rondmrnposted 5 years ago

    Yes, I have a television. I love television and the its history. I am young but through television, I heard the names of Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, and so on. I see the shows "What's My Line?" and I saw Walt Disney, Sammy Davis Jr. on there.

    I also love the re-runs of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and his new show, Parts Unknown. It's great when watching these kinds of shows. I do not have much time for live tv but we have the DVR!

    I was also entertained when I was younger, watching shows like Seinfeld, Frasier, Becker, The Cosby Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, and other sitcoms as well.

    By the way, are there any fans of Arrested Development here?

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Glad to see that you checked out the old shows.  How do you rate the older stuff vs. the more recent shows?

    2. rondmrn profile image81
      rondmrnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      aviannovice, I really can't compare since American culture have changed so much I guess. Television had to adapt to the changes. I notice that more shows are more free to comment on society and pop culture. That's okay too!

  23. profile image0
    Vickiwposted 5 years ago

    I have one, and enjoy watching documentaries, but not much else. I have BBCiplayer on my iPad, and sometimes connect that to the TV.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well, you know me, I liked my bird and animal shows, and was introduced to some wonderful creatures that I would never had the hope of seeing, so I valued TV for that.

  24. theryanpride profile image76
    theryanprideposted 5 years ago

    We have a TV but no cable so we have basic channels so are TV is not on much.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If you had more channels, would you watch it more, do you think?

  25. John Smith CB profile image61
    John Smith CBposted 5 years ago

    With Internet and a laptop, I don't need a television I think. Most of my time in front of any gadget goes with my lappy.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Why have something extra if you don't need it?

    2. John Smith CB profile image61
      John Smith CBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I really don't have a television. But, I guess I need it for watching matches on the big screen and some good action movies.

  26. Monica Kay 215 profile image76
    Monica Kay 215posted 5 years ago

    I have not owned a TV in more than a year. I decided to cut the cord for a couple of reasons. First, I felt it was killing my creativity. My ideas were rehashes of sitcoms, true crime shows and serial dramas.  It also seemed that sometimes TV functions as a method of mind control. People are taught what to think and how to feel by watching TV shows and by listening to talking heads on Fox News, MSNBC, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Few people have original, thought-out opinions.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You know, I think that most people FEAR having an opinion.

  27. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    Yes. TV is in my home and it is part of entertainment with my family to watch nice movies together.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What kinds of movies do you tend to watch?  What do you think about older material?

    2. edhan profile image60
      edhanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We normally watch sc-fiction, adventure and romance sort of movies.

    3. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      All popular movies.  Thanks!

  28. Pamela-anne profile image73
    Pamela-anneposted 5 years ago

    I do have a t.v. in my home but I am on my computer more than I watch t.v.; I guess I am a multi-tasker in that I have my t.v. on  while I am on my computer.  I listen more to the t.v. stories than actually watch them.  I am like one of those people that would gather around the radio to hear the story or play being broadcast over the radio before the t.v. was invented.  My t.v. is like my radio with visual as I use it to listen to music channels as well.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      A lot of people that I know do that, just to have some background noise.

  29. ladydeonne profile image73
    ladydeonneposted 5 years ago

    We have (3) TV s in our home but only one is plugged in and has cable.  The ones in our bedrooms are never watched.  I am not a big fan of TV but like to watch The American Idol, The Voice, and America's Got Talent.   I am an avid football fan and watch football religiously during football season.  I also watch The Animal Planet and National Geographics from time to time.   I spend a great deal of my time on the computer as I write 2 blogs, do Hub Pages and am writing a book.  I prefer reading to watching TV.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are one busy lady.  I loved Animal Planet when I watched TV, and learned a great deal from it.  Now, people tell me that I host my own with "Life at Boomer Lake with Deb" ever week.

  30. Making-Jewellery profile image71
    Making-Jewelleryposted 5 years ago

    I have my television on almost all day/night every day.  This is quite normal for single people, who live alone, as background noise, or "company".  I've probably not seen, or spoken, to an actual human being for 2-3 weeks as I only leave the house if I have to (e.g. essential food shopping).

    I've moved to a new area and don't know anybody, so nobody comes round - and I have no job and am living off my savings, so I keep spending to a minimum. If you leave the house, it invariably means spending money on transport, parking - and the tat you pick up that you don't need smile

    I don't have any other devices or ways of watching the television - and can't use it to watch programs online as I have a limited bandwidth Internet service.... that's nearly run out this month already.

    I do find inspiration for what to write about on hubpages from various interesting news or programmes on the television, that spark of some research online.... and end up as a hub.

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have to give you credit for that--our motivation certainly comes from somewhere.  Enjoy your new home!

  31. bydojo profile image84
    bydojoposted 5 years ago

    We have 2 TVs. My mother-in-law is using one and sometimes we use the other one. I could live without them, since I like watching TV series on my computer and not the news or what's regularly on TV

    1. aviannovice profile image90
      aviannoviceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Is it less expensive watching shows on the computer?

 
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