I haven’t had TV for over 10 years, and I don’t miss it.
Apparently this is a revolutionary statement – when I tell people this, they look at me like I’m from Mars. A co-worker asked me not long ago, “What do you DO when you get home from work if you don’t have TV?” My response was a defensive, “Are you SERIOUS?” Yes, she was.
Maybe you can’t imagine your life without a TV. I’ll admit there are times when I did feel it might be useful: during the 9/11 crisis, Hurricane Katrina, national elections and the Olympics to name a few examples. Luckily the Internet now offers live streaming and that helps me connect when I really need to.
I do occassionally cheat and rent DVDs of TV shows or download them on iTunes. But really, if the TV isn’t available, it’s amazing how little I miss it. There are so many other things to do.
I have an answer to my friend’s question above. It’s another question: What could you do if you DIDN’T have a TV?
The possibilities are endless. Get out there and have some fun – the whole world is waiting for you. And if you really can’t live without your television, there’s always TiVo!