Dec 30, 2011 at 8:10 am #1283502
I am pretty seriously considering quitting TV watching as a New Year's resolution. Any thoughts? Anyone done it? Seems like such a waste of time. So many things I could be doing instead. I feel addicted to it.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:17 am #1817438
I haven't had a TV since 1996 and don't miss it at all.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:21 am #1817441
well there's quiting TV and then there's quiting TV.
I know a few people who brag about quiting TV, and getting rid of the infernal device, only to spend hours surfing the web.
so is web surfing really just another form of watching TV ??Dec 30, 2011 at 8:23 am #1817443
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Yeah, considering my cable bill goes for reruns and ads. It's just too easy to collapse in front of the tube at night with a bag of Cheetos. My buddies have satellite television but that's just more channels to surf thru to (further) irritate their wives. What's the old Springsteen song? 57 channels and nothing on? More like 570 channels and still nothing on.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:24 am #1817444
Not going to happen. I am still trying to catch up on Boardwalk Empire.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:29 am #1817446
"so is web surfing really just another form of watching TV ??"
web surfing is interactive TV. I mean you can shout at the TV, but it doesn't shout back. BPL forums, however…….Dec 30, 2011 at 8:33 am #1817449
We haven't paid for cable since we bought our house last year. However, we do have a tv for movies. It's hard to pay for cable when most shows are put online shortly after airing and you can watch them for free. I can even wirelessly project a show from my laptop to our tv.
I actually didn't want a tv at all, but eventually caved to my wife. After my 3 weeks out West in 2010 and spending a lot of time staying with Sam H., who had no tv, I got rid of mine when I got home. Having one again is a little weird.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:39 am #1817452
@sschloss1Locale: New England
I gave away my TV 8 years ago and haven't looked back. I still watch a few shows online. But, unlike with TV, I never find myself watching a random (and bad) show online just because it's there.
Most of the time that I used to waste watching TV is now used for reading, and that's been a good trade.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:39 am #1817453
Damn, I thought the subject line was Quilting TV.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:40 am #1817454
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
No TV going on 7 years, don't miss it one bit. We'll catch a show online here and there.
Blog perusing, Vimeo surfing, and BPL'ing isn't any better than TV really, I guess my bit of wasted time has undergone some digital sublimation process….Dec 30, 2011 at 8:48 am #1817458
@redmonkLocale: Greater California Ecosystem
I don't have a tv, can't recall the last movie I saw either.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:48 am #1817459
Just decreased my Dish package from 250 channels to 125+ package.
I'll be down to zero in another decade.Dec 30, 2011 at 8:50 am #1817463
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Can't quit TV
Then I wouldn't be able to watch "Breaking Bad"Dec 30, 2011 at 8:52 am #1817464
I think if you replace it by watching TV/video on a computer then yeah it's the same thing (minus the cable bill) but if you are reading, writing, posting, whatever online then it's a lot better, more mind stimulating.
One big reason I want to get rid of it too is I have a 17 month old son. Currently he watches zero TV, no movies, no nothing. Other kids around his age seem to be quickly addicted to Spongebob, Cars, all these Disney movies. I watch our friends plop them down in front of the TV like it's a babysitter. Our son is so smart and interactive. He is already saying 2 word phrases, knows body parts, baby sign language, he jokes with people, he is adventurous, social, builds mega blocks, knows some shapes, etc. I feel like if he starts on TV it will rot his brain.
Growing up we were friends with a hippy/dual college professor family with 4 kids that had no TV's. Those kids read big thick books constantly. Our friend, Ryan, he always had a 4" thick paperback dragon or imagination novel in his back pocket. Those kids all got straight A's, 2 of the 4 went to Ivy League schools and graduated with honors and all 4 are doing great things in life. Obviously genetics is a big part but no TV and lot's of reading and playing can't hurt. They used to play board games in the evening as a family. They weren't the coolest kids in school but they weren't picked on either.
Thoughts?Dec 30, 2011 at 9:05 am #1817468
"Damn, I thought the subject line was Quilting TV."
No, that is another thread in the MYOG forum.
Funny how there is this push to drop TV from the view of our children. Makes it sound like we all turned out rotten.
As a side note, I have three children who all get straight A's, are prolific readers, compete in competitive sports, train up to 5 times a week at 2-3 hour stretches, and watch TV. Sometimes even Sponge Bob. How your kids interact, how they achieve, and how they grow intellectually has much to do with how you parent. A little TV in moderation is just fine. Same with video games.Dec 30, 2011 at 9:18 am #1817472
David – good points and a strong endoresment, your kids sound like they are doing great!
Out of curiosity do you watch much TV? I assume you put limitations on TV, keep them busy with other things, etc. Tell me more about your parenting style.
I think moderation, like you said is key. I find it hard to moderate myself, it is just so easy to say to yourself ' well, nothing to do might as well go watch TV' instead of thinking of other things you could do instead.
I think another contributnig factor is I have a big TV with a awesome stereo. My entire living room is pointed and arranged towards it and my living room is the center point of my home. Therefore I feel like my home is kind of pointed at the TV or that my living room is a movie theater. I want to move the TV out of there, put it in the closet for a while and re-arrange the furniture towards the windows, install some better lighting for reading and make it more of a reading/talking space than what amounts to a dim movie theatre.Dec 30, 2011 at 9:22 am #1817476
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
I quit tv 19 years ago. We rent dvd's and we obviously have Internet. It was the right decision for me and while I know I am missing some very good programming, I don't miss all that comes with it. I much prefer listening to the radio while knitting or sewing.Dec 30, 2011 at 9:29 am #1817481
For those that have quit TV, please give more information as to why you decided to give it up and have you noticed any push back, any negative consequences? Any major positives? Are your kids all rocket scientists and brain surgeons?Dec 30, 2011 at 9:48 am #1817490
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
You can't quit the cult of TV if you do their will be dire consequences. Signal Men are on their way right now to put you in a TV re-education or worse kill you for breaking the laws of society . You used to be able to read books, newspaper , magazines then the Fire men came set them all on fire . So you better hook that coaxial cable back up to your TV.
TerryDec 30, 2011 at 9:56 am #1817492
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
"You used to be able to read books, newspaper , magazines…"
And some people futilely held on to riding their horse carriages.
They've all died off now.
Well… most of them.Dec 30, 2011 at 10:15 am #1817508
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Rocket scientists…. Brain surgeons? Nah, Facebook took care of that. Kidding aside, my daughter spends too much time online, but that is quite recent.
It has been a good thing for us. When we have a blackout, which happens very often, my daughter and other non tv kids have a much easier time going on with their day. Much more outside time. I am sure this can all be accomplished by having consistent rules and a tv , so it's just easier to do without the tv.
One advantage/ disadvantage is how sensitized I am to commercials, news and reality tv. I can hardly stand the loud, obnoxious, obviously catered to the lowest common denominator – commercials and announcements. When we talk about it, my daughter denies this, but when we listen to the radio and switch to am, she will turn it down to commercials and say : " oh, no you don't..".
Other "disadvantages" are that I don't know what most celebs, politicians, criminals and heros look like. Never saw footage of 911. Also, when we visit friends and family with a tv we are sucked in worst than anyone that lives with it.
Among the advantages is how much I get done, how our dinners are always shared at the table, and no background noise to clutter things.
Some people do well with a tv others don't; last time I owned one, almost 19 years ago, it was "on" way too much, even if there was nothing on that I liked. That's why it was a good decision for me to do without it.Dec 30, 2011 at 10:56 am #1817525
dDec 30, 2011 at 11:09 am #1817535
Ya'll know they have Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire at Blockbuster? I mean if one or two shows is all that is keeping you from TV it would probably be cheaper to rent them.Dec 30, 2011 at 11:21 am #1817542
"Out of curiosity do you watch much TV? I assume you put limitations on TV, keep them busy with other things, etc. Tell me more about your parenting style."
I don't watch much TV during the week, likely a function of the fact that I am driving my kids around to their activities. The benefit of that is that I read a lot more while I wait for them. But I do have a PVR and I love it for the weekends when I can catch up shows that I have missed.
Parenting style? Do what ever you can to prevent boredom with your children. If my kids are bored, they ask to watch TV and it can make a great babysitter. In our household, it is the aforementioned sporting activities that take up a lot of time, homework, and then 20 minutes minimum of reading a day. It may not sound like much but the forced time can sometimes turn into an hour as the kids get into their books.
You mentioned board games – we play a lot of these. It is sometimes a challenge to teach the kids how to gracefully lose but we are working on it.
Play time – both my wife and I spend a lot of time just playing with the kids. You should see the lego structures I can make! Although my daughters are past the Barbie stage, I will admit that I played Barbies with them No, I was generally Ken.
TV in moderation and selective programming. During the week, once the activities are done and the homework complete they can have some TV. Admittedly, the weekends involve more TV especially in the winter.
I like TV and it has a place in my life. But it does not control my life. The internet? Well, that may be an issue…..Dec 30, 2011 at 11:36 am #1817550
@websterjLocale: Kansas City
I've been without TV for a year now.
However, I still watch the Daily Show, Breaking Bad (first 3 seasons), Sons of Anarchy, Colbert, CNN News, Meet The Press, Family Guy etc. on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and the rest of the internet.
I just did it because the net effect is that I save ~$70 a month (I pay for Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime).
TV is way overpriced. You can get roughly the same media fix on the net for a fifth of the price.
Just plug your laptop into your TV, or just watch your laptop.
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