Could You Live Without a Television?

United States
January 25, 2017 11:07am CST
I know that I wouldn't be able to live without my television. I do enjoy watching many tv shows and those that conflict in scheduling I tape. I always have lots of shows clogging up my DVR but I love knowing I'll never run out of anything to watch. My television is usually on all day starting with the news in the morning. Many times I'm not even watching it but it's background to me so that the house isn't too quiet. If the tv isn't on then the radio is or I have a CD playing. Are you like me and like to watch tv or could you live without one?
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@DianneN (76154)
• United States
25 Jan 17
I never watch TV alone or turn it on, but my husband enjoys watching news and sports during the day, if he's around. I love snuggling in the evening and watching a good show or a movie together. I prefer quiet during the day, but listen to music in the car or at home up north.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Maybe if I had a husband I'd be less inclined to watch as much tv as I do but it pretty much gives me the connection with the outside world that I need (if that makes sense)
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@DianneN (76154)
• United States
25 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 It does make sense. I just read online that Mary Tyler Moore passed away.
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@ramapo17 (23387)
• Melbourne, Florida
26 Jan 17
@DianneN Yes, she was great. I watched her shows since I was a kid.
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@Platespinner (16510)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
25 Jan 17
I'm the opposite. If my TV were to cease functioning it could've a week or more before I would even notice.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Wow that's great that you aren't tuned into the tv as much as I am. I would notice the second it wouldn't turn on
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@ramapo17 (23387)
• Melbourne, Florida
27 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 I like the tv to get all the daily news.
• Eugene, Oregon
25 Jan 17
We could do without it. We have it on maybe two or three hours in the evening watching DVDs or streaming movies, or some NPR shows. I do have a radio or two on almost all day listening to the various NPR shows I enjoy.
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@Kandae11 (35967)
25 Jan 17
If I have a library full of my favorite books I could live without a television. A radio with a CD player for news and music - along with books, I'll be fine.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
I even like the tv on when I'm reading
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@Kandae11 (35967)
26 Jan 17
@Jeramgon I read almost anything - except horror. I like suspense, westerns, mild romance and my favorite by far - historical, part fictional novels about Kings, Queens and ordinary people who lived in the 12th through to the 18th century. Phillipa Gregory is my favorite author of those kind of books.
@Kandae11 (35967)
26 Jan 17
@Jeramgon That is very good.
@amadeo (64078)
• United States
25 Jan 17
probably not forever.But I can do days with out them.I have done this.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
If I'm out of the house and busy I never miss tv but being home I need it for company most of the time
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• United States
25 Jan 17
No way - it is our entertainment - we don't go to movies or clubs (there aren't any LOL) so TV is it.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Same here....tv is my entertainment too. I haven't been to a movie in many years and hardly go out to eat.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 Plus in winter it keep my husband quiet!!!! I try to find him projects to keep him busy but I'm running out of ideas!
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@ramapo17 (23387)
• Melbourne, Florida
27 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 I never go to the movies. The last time was with my grandson and he was 4. He will be 20 next month.
@much2say (38813)
• United States
25 Jan 17
At this point in my life, I think I can live without. I rarely watch TV, though maybe a good movie every now and then. The kids and Hubby will watch what they want . . . but I have so much to do that I can't just sit to watch anything without getting antsy - I feel like I need to do "something". But nobody better take away my YouTube .
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• United States
25 Jan 17
I rarely use YouTube but I suppose I'd be inclined to spend lots of time there too
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
25 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 Sometimes I will forget myself and get lost in YouTube .
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@ramapo17 (23387)
• Melbourne, Florida
27 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 I never watch you tube. I do watch a lot of sports and once Nascar starts again in another week I will be busy every weekend watching it. If we have something planned we will record the race and watch it later but make sure we don't watch the news to see who won.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 17
Obviously I could live without a television, but would not do so from choice.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Yes choice is the key...I choose to have one but I guess if I had to live without one I could (not easily)
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 When I first got a flat of my own I had no television for about 6 months.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
25 Jan 17
We don't have cable right now and I'm okay with that. My kids watch DVD's but I don't usually watch anything.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
I never had much time for tv when my kids were young and everything pretty much revolved around them when it came time to put it on. Now that I have the tv to myself I can sit and relax and enjoy whatever I want. With all that is going on in your life on a daily basis I'm always amazed at how you have time to do the things you do
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• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 That is true, what extra time I do have during the day I love being here so I don't think about TV much. Once my kids are grown I am sure I will want to watch tv too.
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@NJChicaa (38534)
• United States
25 Jan 17
Ever since we got the Amazon Echo, I've been listening to music instead of having the TV on in the evening.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
I've been interested in the Echo but still haven't decided on whether to get one or not.
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@NJChicaa (38534)
• United States
26 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 it's great!
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@Corbin5 (103332)
• United States
25 Jan 17
I would have a really hard time without a TV. Like you, I do enjoy the background noise during the day. I will watch TV at night, but just like the sound of it if I am here by myself.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Me too..it's my connection to the outside world and I hate when the house is too quiet. You would think I'd enjoy quiet but I don't. I guess I have lived with so many people all the time (raising kids, having married kids live with me and taking care of mom) that I'd cherish some quiet. I turn on the tv at the same time I turn on my coffee pot each morning
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@JohnRoberts (54566)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Jan 17
No way, no how, My best friend who shuts up on command.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Ahh a kindred spirit
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@rebelann (39734)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Jan 17
Not sure. If I get a big enough monitor for my PC and a remote with a timer than maybe, I haven't seen a TV show in years that could keep me awake.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
I have quite a few shows that I don't want to miss especially night time shows. I wish I wasn't so addicted to my tv but I even read with it on
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jan 17
I do not have a tv and use my computer a lot so one c an do with out if push comes to s hove''
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@GardenGerty (98217)
• United States
26 Jan 17
We have a television. We do not pay for service. We get one station. I could do without.
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25 Jan 17
Totally yes.
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25 Jan 17
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26 Jan 17
@HAPPSINGH Oh, I see.
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26 Jan 17
@HAPPSINGH Can't you do this using your computer?
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@Meramar (2344)
25 Jan 17
It's difficult to imagine as we are already used to watch it every day. The first days with TV would be hard, but I am sure we would find soon something else how to fill in the time we gain if we shut off TV.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
You're probably right. I guess I would get used to no tv too after a few days and would use that time for something else
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@Meramar (2344)
26 Jan 17
@Chellezhere (1396)
• United States
26 Jan 17
I have over 220 channels but only watch two. So, I would miss my news channel at first, but I would otherwise be okay to give it up. My 21-year-old doesn't watch TV at all.
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@ramapo17 (23387)
• Melbourne, Florida
3 Feb 17
Why do you keep all those stations and not use them. Wouldn't it be cheaper to get a lesser plan?
@Morleyhunt (19723)
• Canada
25 Jan 17
I could very èasily live without a television. There are days I'd also like to not have Internet or a cellphone.
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• United States
25 Jan 17
Guess you could easily live off the grid for awhile
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@tzwrites (4857)
• Romania
25 Jan 17
I could live without the TV, I don't watch it much for me it's a laptop/ipad which is a necessity
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• United States
25 Jan 17
I dont' spend that much time on my computer so I enjoy my tv more