Samantha and I have not had a TV for nearly 7 years. Tossing the TV was one of the best things we’ve ever done. Instead of watching mindless drivel we do things like have a conversation, read, make music, go for a walk, do art, take pictures, cook, garden or visit friends. In other words we live. The TV sucked life away from us. Simple. (And we won’t even comment on what bad things happen to couples with a TV in their bedroom 😉
Almost everyone we know who has a TV complains about it. No one says, “I Love TV; it makes my life great!” So why do so many people still have and watch TV? For many it’s mindless entertainment after a hard day at work, for others it is a babysitter for the kids, and maybe for single people it’s a companion. Whatever the reason, all we know is that all of our friends who have tossed the TV have no regrets… they have filled their lives with more meaningful and memorable activities And kids without TVs are much more social and interesting people than those who zombie out for hours a day in front of the boob tube. Ditching the TV is no great loss, after all, how many people will go to their graves thinking, “Gee, I sure am glad I saw every episode of Storage Wars, Duck Dynasty and Ice Road Truckers before I kicked the bucket!” Maybe it’s time to try going TV-less yourself?