Poll: Can you live without television?

I’ve noticed quite a few changes in myself in the three months that I’ve went without alcohol.  Increased productivity, considerable weight loss, and better eating habits to name a few.  But one additional side-effect I’ve noticed is that I’ve started to watch less and less television as the weeks go by.  At first I assumed it was because I was reading and working out more and just didn’t have time for it, but as the days have passed I’ve started to feel that maybe it’s got more to do with an increased respect for how my own time on earth is spent and my current desire to learn more. I guess it goes without saying that television isn’t the greatest teacher.  Truth be told, I’ve actually started to feel like I might be getting dumber just by watching television–if that’s humanly possible. So as a result, I’ve become more and more disconnected from it as of late.

While i can still watch a good sporting event, documentary, or movie, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to watch almost anything else.  My television has started to routinely go 3-4 days at a time without being turned on.
Earlier this week I had a conversation with somebody and they mentioned that they didn’t even have a television in their house.  Then last night I was speaking to my good friend Brother Ali and he said the same thing.  I knew there were people who did it, but I would be lying if I said I knew any of them personally. It made me wonder whether I could live without television as well.  I still like to watch movies, particularly when I’m working on music, but outside of that it almost feels like I’m starting to go down that path anyways.  I don’t know if I can do it or not, but knowing that there are plenty of people out there doing it is very encouraging.

So I’d like to hear what everybody else feels on this topic.

How many hours per day do you spend watching Television?

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Do you think you could live without television?

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Also, feel free to hit up the comments section to describe your relationship with television.  I’m really curious about other people’s story.

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  • Joshhamre

    I pretty much watch a few select sports that interest me and the good remaining comedies (becasue laughter is healthy). I try to stay away from everything else, especially most news because it usually is negative and deters my mindset down a similar course consciously or sub-consciously

  • Guesto.

    Can't answer fairly – I don't watch television, yet I still watch television shows from time to time on my computer. Not to mention, idle time on the computer itself.

  • J. Pitts

    i might watch an episode of seinfeld or the shield while i am eating dinner, but that's about it. the real problem for me is mindless internet surfing.

  • Eva

    yeah, tv does absolutely nothing for me. but youtube, fuck, that's a whole 'nother story. also, sometimes when people (like family) come over to hang out they don't know what to do because there is no on-going tv to fill in the blanks. and, reciprocally, sometimes when im at somebody's crib and the tv is on rotate, i just don't know what do to and feel kinda awkward; i just can't sit still and stare at it. well, there ya go.

  • I have a television in my house but no cable. The TV is used solely for watching movies and playig video games. The only thing I really miss is being able to watch sporting events.

  • Dan Schuna

    Really the only use my TV gets is documentaries and the occasional South Park episode on Netflix streaming (which is nice because nobody is trying to sell me anything when I watch that). I'm also a rampaging video game addict so I would need at least one TV in my house to get my Playstation fix on. I think the most damaging aspect of television is commercial advertising. Companies manufacturing need that can only be fulfilled with their product is a psychological manipulation that's not healthy for anybody.

  • I didn't own a television for about 5 years. Would watch a couple select shows on the internet here and there but that was about it. Now I'm living with my girl and kid and we have a tv… generally just find myself watching the same shows on tv I would on the internet.

    Seems the tv is constantly preying on our laziness…. at least for me. There's probably an hour and a half of tv I WANT to watch in a week, but if I'm tired, lazy or just avoiding responsibilities I can sit there and drone out to nearly anything.
    Make that first move and get up and get motivated.I didn't own a television for about 5 years. Would watch a couple select shows on the internet here and there but that was about it. Now I'm living with my girl and kid and we have a tv… generally just find myself watching the same shows on tv I would on the internet.

    Seems the tv is constantly preying on our laziness…. at least for me. There's probably an hour and a half of tv I WANT to watch in a week, but if I'm tired, lazy or just avoiding responsibilities I can sit there and drone out to nearly anything.
    Make that first move and get up and get motivated.

  • Cuchulainn Robertson

    yeah your definitely right about tv making people dumber, i think it in a way it destroys our creativity, because when watching we are relying on someone else's ideas of whats going on, and in the case of the news, even more so, with all the fabricated stories we definitely become dumber then the person we could have been if we learned from a first hand perspective, thats just my 2 cents though!

  • Kate

    Own a physical tv but don't have cable. I'll watch something once in a while, once or twice a week through Instant Netflix (online via my Nintendo Wii) or through Hulu (online and free).

  • printmatic

    love this quote “Seems the tv is constantly preying on our laziness”. cosign that 100%

  • printmatic

    this sounds a lot like my situation. no cable for me either. i do miss being able to watch the NBA playoffs on cable but last year i would just meet up with friends and watch the games at a bar. i probably wouldnt get shit done if i had cable at home

  • printmatic

    yup. the internet surfing is a BIG problem. i wonder if it's worse than mindless channel surfing…

  • printmatic

    i agree 100% about the news. i used to watch the nightly news religiously until about a year ago, and then i just stopped. i felt it was too negative and really starting to affect my view of the world too much. not that there aren't negative things going on, its just that i don't really like how the news is presented anymore.

  • Violent Illness

    TV is the devil ha ha. But seriously, my situation is that my TV rarely gets turned on (mostly when guests come over). I can go days even weeks with no TV on. The commercials really bother me and if there is a TV series that I like and want to watch the episodes can be found online. Breaking Bad is one of my faves. There is a ton of science to television and mind control (don't want to get all tin foil hat on ya here) but the way your brain reacts to certain sounds, lights, flicker rate, etc can alter your brainwaves and place you into different levels of brain activity for example alpha state. In these hypnotic meditative states you are far more succeptible to suggestions in advertising. Next time you do turn on your tv turn off all the lights and go into the other room and just watch how much the tv flickers (especially with garbage TV shows like TMZ and crap like that). They do it on purpose. And yes you do get dumber watching television because it is all there laid out for you. When you read books your mind has to build the locations and the faces and visualize the scenes. It is immensely better for your mind. Thats why you always hear so many people say that the book was better than the movie.

    PS Thanks for the “best of” mixtape!

  • Five years ago, I cut the TV side of my cable bill because I was both broke and bored. I had trouble making ends meet, and I hated the bullshit I was paying for on the tube.
    I miss it a little, but I'd say my life is a little richer because I dropped TV.
    My wife signed us up for two months of free TV earlier in the year, and it came in handy during the Olympics, but I was cool with kicking it out of our lives again.
    If I could pay for just wrestling, Food Network and Discovery Channel, I'd be happy with TV. Google Reader is how I get my kicks now…regrettably.

  • Jsrogers85

    it's incredibly depressing to watch, especially when the lead stories are all violence or scandal. and that's in minnesota, i can't imagine what it's like in other places.

    “Replaced Tavis Smiley with reality shows.” Not too far off at all.

  • Filthbox

    i feel the exact same way!