On Not Having a TV

I go back and forth on having a TV. What usually happens is that I have a TV for a year or so; I come home from work, exhausted, throw my self on the bed or in an arm chair, probably with some unhealthy snacks in near reach, and turn it on. For an hour or two, I watch Two and a Half Men or Friends or Everybody Loves Raymond or something in that caliber. I hate it with every fiber of my body, but it relaxes me. For months, I tell myself this has to stop, I must get a life and so on. Then I stop. I put the TV in storage for a year or two. I’ve done this a few times. Right now, I am in a TV-less phase. What I have noticed happening now is that people look at me in a strange way when I say I don’t have a TV. Also, people talk about all these new series and I have no idea what they are talking about, I can’t follow their discussions. Not having a TV is making me feel like an outsider and I don’t like it! How is this possible? I never minded being an outsider before. But I think, at this point, having a TV is like having a toaster, a hairdryer or a computer. It is simply and unquestionable part of the modern person’s environment. Sigh.


10 thoughts on “On Not Having a TV

  1. The thing is, my TV that is now in storage is old. If I want a TV again, I would have to buy a new one, which puts a different spin on things; not only would I have to convince myself to have a TV, I would also have to purchase a new one. I will try to resist both with every fiber in my body!

    • I’ve not lived in a house with TV since I was four (technically, we had a TV – but only plugged a DVD player into it). When I quit watching movies, I was shocked how much time I had for creative projects… Resisting can be worthwhile!

      • Thanks for commenting, Get Out! Yes, I know for a fact that this is the case and I am getting more and more convinced that I should just not bother getting a TV. Creativity is incredibly important to me.

  2. I decided to click on a link to your blog upon seeing your avatar. πŸ™‚ I think not having a television nowadays allows people to do more important things. Though, it actually depends on how and how much we use it. I don’t have TV right now, and I’m glad that I don’t. πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for commenting, Jen. I totally agree with that it “depends on how and how much we use it [the TV].” I guess my issue is that once I have a TV I have a hard time not watching and that’s precisely what I don’t like about it. So like you, I think I will continue being without for a while. πŸ™‚

  4. If you don’t have one, I’d embrace it. Years ago, I had to swear off video game consoles after way too many really late nights playing Madden. I learned that I couldn’t resist the temptation, so I removed it from my life. As for TV, I have one, but I don’t have cable. Only Netflix and YouTube (connected to Apple TV), which I find keeps me in the loop, provides entertainment when I want it, but doesn’t become all-consuming. I applaud your choice!

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