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Time to Turn Off Those TV's!

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  • Our family are very odd birds; we do have a television set, but we do not have reception and we do not have cable or satellite - so the only thing we use the television for is watching movies (or exercise dvds). Whenever we say we don't watch television people can't believe it - does it make a difference - don't know but if we had cable I think it would limit the time we spend together as a family even more and we are already dancing as fast as we can. You can survive without television (now high speed internet may be another thing). - 3/29/2009 8:43:36 AM
  • We have more than one tv - the second one is in my exercise room, used exclusively for DVDs, so that there's never any issue about when I can work out . I spend far more time with that one than the one up top. TVs are not themselves the problem - it's how we CHOOSE to use them that's the issue. - 2/24/2009 12:42:41 AM
  • SWINGKITTEN
    Television has been operating in Australia for 52 years we are yet to see any warnings on television or by governments of this dangerous condition. Where are the warnings? Is there something sinister we don't know about.? ADHD has been around before the introduction of television, They had other definitions in the old days. How many people will it cure if we turn of our televisions for a week? - 12/20/2008 3:42:01 AM
  • I almost never watch TV unless I am riding the recumbent bike, and then I either watch the news (which is depressing) or a cooking show. - 11/9/2008 11:38:06 AM
  • I got fed up - not with healthy foods - with the commercials advertising illnesses and the appropriate pharmaceutical cure many months ago. I soon found myself not satisfied with muting them, but leaving the TV off entirely. I use it to watch DVDs in Spanish and English languages. Then I discovered a plan at the local cable company that reduced my cable bill from $42 a month to $11 a month. I grabbed it! So now in addition to not getting all the illnesses advertised, I no longer feel guilt about the huge expense of having a silent TV! Together with the $11 cable bill and my Netflix bill, I'm paying less than I was paying for all those channels and advertisements. When I do turn on the TV, I have the same number, same channels, I paid $42 a month for!

    - 11/2/2008 10:48:05 PM
  • BALLANDCHAIN83
    I used to watch tv all the time. Now I don't watch more than two hours a day, and those tend to be reruns online. Cable is so costly I could care less about "premium" shows. I'd rather take that money and use it for family activities. - 10/22/2008 7:57:22 PM
  • ONLYPLAYING
    I haven't watched tv in four years now (I quit during the last presidential election season) and haven't missed it one bit. My husband and I do have a TV because we like to watch movies on the weekends and DH likes to play video games on occasion, but even then I rarely just sit and watch. - 10/20/2008 3:22:45 PM
  • My fiance and I used to be avid tv watchers, we then realized we weren't doing anything else. We actually don't even watch regular tv anymore and if we feel we need to relax in that way we will allow one movie every couple of nights. If you cut tv out of your life you will be amazed by what you can get done. Your whole quality of life changes and the relationship you have with other family members can change too. You also save money by not dumping it into cable every month, instead you can use that money to do family oriented activities. People will even look at us weird when we say we don't watch tv. It doesn't bother us because we know how much our lives have improved by not being so codependent on tv. - 10/20/2008 11:03:31 AM
  • We usually do not get home until almost eight most weeknights if not after and we still have to have dinner. We do eat in front of the tv but if you have self control... Most of the time it is usually noggin, sports or if we can actually hear it while the dog is barking and the little one is playing/crying/laughing/yelling the occasional sit-com. Thank goodness for TiVo! - 10/20/2008 8:58:04 AM
  • We assign tasks to different days - eg monday is music day, tuesday is reading day. It doesn't mean that there is no TV watching but it does remind the family to do more together rather than staring at a screen. - 10/20/2008 6:44:10 AM
  • These are great tips for reducing t.v time! We do not watch t.v during dinner time, ever. Our kids know that ,and have never taken issue with it. I read somewhere that the average 70 yr. old American will have spent 10 YEARS of their life watching T.V ! That is staggering ! I don't want to be that person. - 9/25/2008 9:47:44 AM
  • I really didn't think I watched that much TV. I usually do needlework while my husband watches which keeps my hands out of the snacks. But - I could be more active. I'm going to try to get up and walk up and down the stairs during every commercial! - 9/24/2008 7:33:48 PM
  • LILSWEETIE1
    this was a good artilce. It made me realize how much televison I watch. - 8/19/2008 5:48:49 AM
  • We go without TV a lot at home and at our farm we don't even have one! We listen to the radio for weather and news. We don't miss it, even my 12 yo doesn't care, she's outside as often as possible! - 6/20/2008 10:11:46 AM
  • I've been wanting to do this since I first heard about a few years back, but I've been to resistant to change my ways. But this time I'm committed I know it may be a little hard in the first few days but I'm committed to trying something different! - 4/21/2008 7:32:09 PM

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