I have basic cable to get EWTN (great for a kid show after homework occasionally, especially for my J who hopes to be a Religious, and for me while folding clothes,dusting, mending) and the occasional nature or kids shows (Wild Kratts is all they watch) and weather channel. Most weeks especially during school year the tv just stays off always. We have lively, interesting, educational, hilarious, spiritual talk going on at our house without the mindsucking filth on the tv. On the rare occasion when we might watch a sports event or other program with commercials, we change channel to EWTN during all commercials or just turn it off.
I agree that the computer can be a time- and mind-suck too though!
But boy, thank goodness I had hobbies that didn't have me watch tv every week.
Second, I am one of the ladies who has checked 'no tv'. As a child and teenager, the television was rarely on at my family's home. We watched the World News tonight, the Sunday night Disney movie together, the occasional Saturday morning cartoon, some sports, and a few others were scattered in the mix at intervals throughout the years. My siblings and I played tons of games, rode our horses and bikes, played ball and tennis, used our imaginations, read many books, entertained friends, swam, etc. We were involved in every possible activity at school and church; as were most of our friends.
As I branched out into the world, I continued to rarely watch tv. In fact, I was the favorite baby-sitter and nanny with parents because their children and I played games, talked with each other, read, and were creative.
When I moved to Japan, I did purchase a television / VCR combo so I could rent Movies in English; yet the shows were all in Japanese. When I returned to the states, I had no desire to have cable or a tv; yet one of my siblings placed one our college ones in my house because they wanted to watch tv and felt I needed one. Fast forward several years and I still have no desire to watch tv. I will put a movie on for noise when grading some nights just to have noise.
Do I think it is strange? Not any stranger than people watching reality tv and talking about the shows afterwards as if it were real life. Do I understand all the pop-culture questions or comments because I do not watch tv? No, but that is okay. I have been blessed to live in several different cultures and each time I leave the states, I understand less of our pop-culture ...but that too is okay, cause I learn something new everyday and make memories that will last a life- time. Each of us are unique and have different ways to unwind ... For some it is tv and for others it is reading or something different.
I have to have my TV..