Do You Watch Much Television?

United States
August 14, 2008 9:33am CST
I find that I do not watch nearly as much television as in the past. I do not know if it is because I have children. I do not know if it is because of the internet. But I do not watch nearly as much television as in the past - at least not "live television". I am more likely to record shows and watch them at a more convenient time, but I do not watch nearly as much television as I had watched in the past. How about you? Do you find your television watching habits to have increased or decreased? What would you speculate as a cause?
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@nytrisco (567)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
Decreased for sure when I was about 10 to 15 years old, I was a tv junkie! The moment I woke up in the morning, I rush downstairs to turn on the tv until the moment I go to bed. When I went to college, things had change and I am very busy that I don't have much time to watch tv. I just watched my favorite movie or series on the internet.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
The internet has certainly had its impact on tv watching habits! I think that I watched tv more, especially when I was younger - but now it seems to have decreased - and perhaps the internet is partly responsible. Thanks for your reply!
@vijbas (369)
• India
15 Aug 08
I watch television mainly for sports. i never miss the important events happening over the world with the first preference going to cricket. i some times watch old movies in some channels when nothing interesting is available with the advent of internet, TV watching has greatly reduced for persons in the age group of 15-35
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• United States
15 Aug 08
That is an interesting thought about the age group. I certainly fall within that bracket, and I would say that my tv watching has gone down as compared with internet usage... We have a few shows that we follow, and the sports that we are interested in is mostly car racing (and some of the reality shows...) Thanks for your reply!
@vimaal (3365)
• India
14 Aug 08
hi friend, i like to watch television very much. mostly i like to watch video songs very much. take care have a nice day.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Hi, friend! That is interesting. What do you like about the video music channel? Do you enjoy listening to the music, or do you like the choreography of the music and the scenes? You take care, too, and have a great day! Thanks for your reply!
@czyuan (96)
• China
14 Aug 08
i also find that i rarely watch TV every day now. Maybe i have been watching Olympic Games recently and spend a little more time on it. But to be honest, i don't like TV now. Too much time-consuming TV series waste you a lot of time. Even News on TV can never be attractive to me as much as in the past. Instead of watching TV, i prefer to surfing the internet to obtain knowledge i want and enjoy myself through it.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I read one author (or listened to his tapes) and one of his sayings that stuck with me was this: "How much money - how many thousands of dollars - could you have been making by putting together a great deal in the hour or two that you were sitting at home, watching tv?" That really put some perspective on how much time I wanted to spend watching tv... Or at least being selective in what I spend my time watching. Thanks for your reply!
• United States
14 Aug 08
I watch TV evrery day and love ti. I watch HOURS every day, in fact. Because I am concerned about what happpens in the world around me more as I get older..I want to keep up and know what is up.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Now here is a person who is proud of their tv watching habit! Keeping connected with a television does help you to stay on top of what is happening throughout the world. I find it interesting to see right now how many channels are covering the Olympics, and how the Olympic coverage varies between each of the channels. Thanks for your reply!
@vidhyavini (6112)
• India
14 Aug 08
I just enjoy being in front of the computer than television. Its just awesome to surf always.. hehe..
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Surfing on the internet gives you a little more control over the content that you are taking in... and you have limited commercial interruptions... Thanks for your reply!
14 Aug 08
i used to watch it a lot bout now ive found i only really watch it for an hour or so in the evening and 1st thing in the morning.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
Do you think that there is a reason that you have cut back on your television watching? I know of some people who think that it is better for life to cut television out altogether. (It is an interesting theory.) Thanks for your reply!
@Croquetilla (1817)
• Spain
14 Aug 08
i have my computer near than television, while i work in my computer my son see the television. I heard more the television but i see the same time or less because i spend more time in my computer.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
With a computer and a television right next to each other, it seems that you get the best of both worlds! Or - it could be very distracting to try to work on the computer while somebody else is watching the television... Cheers! Thanks for your reply!
@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I don't watch as much television because of the internet - I am sooo addicted to the internet it is scary! LOL!
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• United States
19 Aug 08
You are in good company! LOL - Many of the people who responded to this thread have had similar thoughts, that the internet has largely displaced their tv watching habits... and that many are able to "watch tv" on the internet. (Maybe that is when you know that you are truly addicted to the internet... when you don't even leave it to go watch tv!) The internet does have a number of advantages over television. You can "pick your programming" with the internet, versus following the programming that is already outlined for you according to what is available in your broadcast (or cable) area. Thanks for your thoughts!
@chirantani (1382)
• India
15 Aug 08
After coming back from work I am generally too tired. So, I like watching television,but it had decreased.I do not watch soaps, as I cannot follow each and every episode. But I like to watch reality shows or documentaries.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Some people have mentioned that they turn on the tv as something to help them go to sleep! I like reality shows and documentaries, too. I am especially a fan of Survivor, The Apprentice, and The Biggest Loser. Documentaries can follow any topic that interests me at the moment - but The History Channel, Public Broadcasting Service, HGTV, Food Network and others are particularly interesting. Thanks for your reply!
@vienka (88)
• Indonesia
15 Aug 08
I not to many watched the tv because more often played the internet :D
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Hello, viennka! Ha, ha! You are like everyone else - spending more time on the internet than watching tv. We are glad to have you here with us, and we hope that you keep spending more time on the internet with us at myLot rather than watching tv!
15 Aug 08
I don't watch nearly as much TV as I did a few years ago. The main reason is that most of my favourite shows no longer air. I used to love The X Files, Buffy, ER, Charmed and loads of others, but there are no new episodes of these shows anymore (except ER, which has really jumped the shark). I often have the TV on as background noise, but if I'm on the computer, I'm more likely to watch something on one of the online 'On Demand' channels instead. I listen to more music now as well, as I just pop a CD in the computer, or listen to tracks on the hard drive.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
That is always the worst when your favorite shows go off the air. I used to follow The West Wing fairly closely until it concluded. I also followed other shows like The Amazing Race and The Apprentice, but the channels kept playing around with their air times - so that I could never find them when they were showing - and nothing quite kills a show like when people cannot find it to watch it! Computers are definitely coming of age in the entertainment industry. It will be interesting to see what happens in the years ahead. Thanks for your reply!
• United States
15 Aug 08
While the TV is on a lot in our house, I am not the one usually watching it. I do sit down in the evening with my husband to watch a show or two. Right now the Olympics but usually something that is taped. I do spend time on the computer and can do that at the same time as having the TV on since we have a laptop and a wireless connection.
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• United States
16 Aug 08
We tape a lot of tv, too. That allows us some flexibility in determining what we want to watch and when we want to watch it... with limited commercial interruption We are following the Olympics, too. I never thought that I would be quite so interested in the swimming meets, but what a competition! A lot of people seem to have traded in their televisions for their computer and all of the resources that they can access on the internet, but we have both in our house - as it also seems to be for you, too. Thanks for your reply!
• Singapore
15 Aug 08
Yea, me! Mea culpa!! What's life without TV entertainment? Unimaginable!
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• United States
15 Aug 08
The television has certainly had an impact on society and on a large portion of the world, so that there are few people who could imagine life without one. My grandparents could tell me about the days before television, but those days are long gone! and tv entertainment has woven itself very firmly into the fabric of our society. Perhaps the internet will displace it? Thanks for your reply!
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
I watched tv when there's tv at home. But if the tv's gone or it's broken for some reason, I could still live without it. I used to watch movies on HBO the whole day many years ago when I would be left at home. My eyes are just glued to the television the whole day. But in the later years the absence of it didn't really affect me. I was still fine with it, unlike my sisters who had been whining endlessly about being bored.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
It sounds like you could either "take it or leave it". There are always other things to find that you can do when the television is unavailable - such as reading a book or going online. Your sisters are more amusing far away than I am sure that they are when you have to listen to them complain about no tv! Thanks for your reply!
• Pakistan
15 Aug 08
Ok, this is a good question I would say... I watch TV a lot when I get some time too otherwise my everything is my computer and nothing else probably. The programs I regularly watch I would never miss them no matter what. Some of the worst habits I developed watching too much TV was LAZINESS. The cause of it might be that I never tried or bothered doing anything while I was sitting in front of my TV. So, TV is kind of very harmful too and it is harmful actually.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Thanks! It seems to be a toss-up for a lot of people between television and computer, with the computer winning for many people. I agree that television watching can lead to laziness - think about all of the things that you could have been accomplishing while you were watching tv! You have an interesting perspective. Thanks for your reply!
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
yeah, when im at home i would always watch TV
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Lots of people watch television at home. It is interesting how televisions have come to have a place in the home over the past fifty-sixty years, at least here in the States, and how they replaced a lot of the activity that would take place between visiting friends and family. Thanks for your reply!
@Nana530 (286)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Without a doubt highlclever, I watch more TV than ever these days. I think it's because I have a TV in my room When my husband was living, we only had one TV. Now we have a TV in every room. So I find myself watching it more and more. It keeps me from being so lonely and with all the channels we get these days I can usually find something interesting to watch. It seems if I'm not reading these days, I'm watching TV. Pretty pitiful isn't it? :o) Nana
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Hi, Nana. I am sorry to hear about your husband! I think that the internet and places like myLot are good for people who feel lonely. You have the whole world at your desktop, and you can make some great connections and new friends and find people with whom to interact and ways to pass the time. (Did that qualify for a run-on sentence???) Television is ok. It does help to pass the time. Reading is good, too. (It helps to keep the mind active... although perhaps that depends on the type of reading? ) I wish you well; thank you for your reply!
@crazy101 (20)
• China
15 Aug 08
at schoool,we can't watch TV! because our stduy is heavy! now,our country hold Olympic games,so I like watching TV.sports are great!
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• United States
15 Aug 08
I saw a special on television the other day (I really don't think that I watch television that much). The show talked about education in China. I understand what you mean when you talk about heavy studies. I have certainly learned more about China because of the Olympic games, and I have a better appreciation for your country. Thanks for your reply!
@Corimore (249)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I don't really watch it that often, but in my house the TV is on pretty much 24/7 for the noise. It seems so quite without it. If the TV isn't on the radio is.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
The background noise from a television can be helpful inside of a house, especially when it may otherwise seem too quiet. Otherwise a house has its creaks and groans that can be unnerving! Thanks for your reply!